Georgiana Houghton Visualized A World Beyond Death

Allison Meier
Sep 27, 2019 · 10 min read
Georgiana Houghton, “Glory be to God” (1868) (courtesy Victorian Spiritualists’ Union, Melbourne, Australia)

For four months in the summer of 1871, the New British Gallery on Old Bond Street in London was filled with paintings unlike any the city had seen before. Swirls of overlapping, whirling lines in a rainbow of effervescent colors filled each of the 155 watercolor and pencil drawings. The first major Impressionist exhibition was still three years out and the absence of figuration in these dynamic…