Many of the examples of Pugh's artworks in the William Morris Gallery's collection are illustrated notes and letters to her family. In this case the letter is to her uncle, A.H. Mackmurdo, shown here fleeing a furious cockerel in the top right corner. This tongue-in-cheek letter seems to suggest that Mackmurdo left behind a chicken intended for Christmas dinner, 1903. "Cousin Lizzie" is almost certainly Eliza Carte, Mackmurdo's new wife, who was also Elinor's cousin.


  • Title: Illustrated letter
  • Creator: Elinor Pugh
  • Date Created: c.1903
  • Type: drawing
  • Rights: © William Morris Gallery, London Borough of Waltham Forest
  • Object Number: D265b
  • Medium: Pen and ink on paper
  • Credit line: Miss Elinor Pugh bequest, 1963

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