I saw three witches
Asleep in a valley,
Their heads in a row, like stones in a flood.
Till the moon, creeping upward,
Looked white through the valley,
And turned them to bushes in bright scarlet bud.
(From Walter de La Mare ‘I Saw Three Witches’)Goya Portraits at the National Gallery yesterday and whilst there are no paintings of the witches above I did discover a fantastic book from a previous show in the shop which contains all these dark and diabolical images: Goya: The Witches and Old Women Album . This is well worth a browse. Witches have been quite prominent on the blog recently so do take a peek. You can listen to Catherine Spooner talking about Witch Craft Trials , peruse a Literary History of Witchcraft , and read my thoughts on Rise of the Sympathetic Witch and the Book of Witches from my childhood.