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It has been said that she has a similar illustrative line to Hockney using a combination of fine marks and crosshatched shading.

Her early notes were adorned with drawings that she hoped to include as illustrations for her articles.

One such successful example was a drawing of Spanish fishing boats included in a piece she wrote for the Christian Science Monitor in 1956.

Plath who signed letters to her mother as ‘Sivvy’ wrote that she loved her mother "better than anybody". Her pen and ink drawings show intimate studies from nature and scenes from everyday life.

In ways, Plath tried to emulate her parents; when living in an old farmhouse in north Devon she kept bees as her father had done (see her poem The Swarm for an insight into the dark but honey sweet danger of a hive). For instance, my inspiration is painting and not music when I go to some other art form. The untitled sketch of a ‘Male in Profile’ is believed to be her husband Ted Hughes drawn in Paris during their honeymoon.

Her doctor reported: "No-one who saw the care with which the kitchen was prepared could have interpreted her action as anything but an irrational compulsion." Although famous for her recitation of Daddy, expressing some of the hatred she felt for her father (who died of undiagnosed diabetes when she was eight), she also wrote an affectionate poem about her mother which is less well known.

Disquieting Muses describes her mother Aurelia Plath as a kind of Mary Poppins figure: I woke one day to see you, mother, Floating above me in bluest air On a green balloon bright with a million Flowers and bluebirds that never were.

In a 1961 interview, she recalled: “I happened to be at Cambridge.