The Writing Lodge of Virginia Woolf at Monk’s House



‘The Writing Lodge of Virginia Woolf at Monk’s House.’

The path circulating the graveyards of St Peters Church in Southease has a spot where behind a low flint wall, Virginia Woolf’s writing lodge stands. Suddenly you can perfectly picture Virginia Woolf there, in solitude.

I created this print from my original ink drawings to which I apply colour digitally. Printed on fine art paper using archival inks. I issue the formats A1 & A2,A3 and A4  as limited editions of 100 where I individually sign and number each print.

How much better is silence; the coffee cup, the table. How much better to sit by myself like the solitary sea-bird that opens its wings on the stake. Let me sit here for ever with bare things, this coffee cup, this knife, this fork, things in themselves, myself being myself.‘ – Virginia Woolf.

Art print by artist alej ez titled Virginia Woolf's writing lodge at Monks House Rodmell
A1 size edition of art print.
Base drawing for print by artist alej ez titled The Pond at Charsleston Bloomsbury
Base ink drawing for art print.
Framed art print by artist alej ez titled Virginia Woolf's writing lodge at Monks House Rodmell
Framed art print from the A3 size edition.

Virginia Woolf. A Room of One’s Own

In Spring 2020 I read Virginia Woolf’s ‘A room of One’s Own’. In Spring 2021 I visited her very own room, The writing lodge at Monk’s House. Monk’s House, owned by the National Trust was closed, but from the Church of St. Peter you can enjoy this back view of the lodge with this extraordinary tree. I see this tree like the creative spirit of Virginia. It is a listed tree. It has a plaque though I don’t know anything more about it. We sat on the ledge of this flint wall for a long time, an early spring day, life starting to wake up after the winter.

‘A Room of One’s Own’ by Virginia Woolf. Absolutely loved it and felt it is still so relevant. Virginia Woolf wrote most of her major works in her writing lodge in the garden of Monk’s House. With the tranquillity of the Sussex Downs through the window and the garden surrounding her, it was the perfect place to write.

Society has advanced since she wrote it, but the main message still applies where as humans in order to develop our maximum or minimum potential we individually need a safe space where we can close the door and create undisturbed by the hustle and bustle of the world . This has been practically impossible for women through history as mostly it was only men who could study, travel, work and mainly close the door and ask not to be interrupted.

To keep in mind this basic need of sacred space that we all should have access to, I have completed this print. Now go find yours.

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