1.9 The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood

In this month’s episode of the Fierce City podcast we have jumped into the art world to learn about the Pre-Raphaelites. We tell the story of the three founding members, their friends and supporters, and their occasionally mixed fortunes on the art scene of the mid-19th century.

Research

For this episode we read two very different books:

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Paintings

As promised, here are the paintings we mentioned:

Christ in the House of His Parents ('The Carpenter's Shop') 1849-50 by Sir John Everett Millais, Bt 1829-1896

Sir John Everett Millais, Christ in the House of his Parents (the Carpenter’s Shop), 1849–50, Photo © Tate, licensed under CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 (Unported).

 

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William Holman Hunt, The Eve of St Agnes, (1847–57 [this version is a sketch for the full version of the painting we discuss, which is in the Guildhall Art Gallery in the City of London]), via Wikimedia Commons.

Ophelia 1851-2 by Sir John Everett Millais, Bt 1829-1896

Sir John Everett Millais, Ophelia, 1851–2, Photo © Tate, license under CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 (Unported).

The Order of Release 1746 1852-3 by Sir John Everett Millais, Bt 1829-1896

Sir John Everett Millais, The Order of Release 1746, 1852–3, Photo © Tate, license under CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 (Unported).

We didn’t describe these painting specifically but here is Elizabeth Siddal painted by Rossetti:

Beata Beatrix c.1864-70 by Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1828-1882

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Beata Beatrix, 1864–70, Photo © Tate, license under CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 (Unported).

You can see work in the Pre-Raphaelite style by Elizabeth Siddal at Lizziesiddal.com, but bear in mind these are small works and it’s best not to compare them to the large paintings above.