Periods, Groups & Movements: Pre-Raphaelites



Four more members also joined to form a seven-strong Brotherhood. These were William Michael Rossetti (Dante Gabriel Rossetti's brother and a critic), Thomas Woolner (critic), James Collinson (painter) and Frederic George Stephens (critic). Ford Madox Brown was invited to join, but preferred to remain independent. He nevertheless remained close to the group. Some other young painters and sculptors were also close associates, including Charles Allston Collins, Thomas Tupper and Alexander Munro. They kept the existence of the Brotherhood secret from members of the Royal Academy.

The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (or PRB) was a 19th century group of rebellious young artists who, disillusioned with the artistic climate of their day, sought to rediscover the purity of art by creating an entirely new artistic style that drew upon the middle ages, the bible, classical mythology and nature for inspiration, emulating the work of the great Italian artists before Raphael (hence their name: pre-Raphaelite). The PRB only lasted for five or so years, but it served to inspire many other painters such as Lawrence Alma-Tadema and John William Waterhouse throughout the rest of the 19th century and into the early 20th century. Its inception was in 1848, there was revival in the 1880s and it concluded in the early 1920s. Some of the later artists (eg Waterhouse, Burne-Jones, Alma-Tadema) may be more accurately classified as belonging to the aesthetic, symbolist or classical movements rather than to Pre-Raphaelitism.

The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
James Collinson (painter)
William Holman Hunt (painter)
John Everett Millais (painter)
Dante Gabriel Rossetti (painter, poet)
William Michael Rossetti (critic)
Frederic George Stephens (critic)
Thomas Woolner (sculptor, poet)

Loosely associated artists
John William Godward (painter)
Thomas Cooper Gotch (painter)
Lord Frederic Leighton (painter)
John William Waterhouse (painter)

Others associated with Pre-Raphaeliticism
Albert Joseph Moore
Anthony Frederick Sandys
Associated artists and figures
Ford Madox Brown (painter, designer)
Edward Burne-Jones (painter, designer)
Walter Howell Deverell (painter)
Charles Allston Collins (painter)
Arthur Hughes (painter, book illustrator)
Jane Morris (artist's model)
May Morris (embroideress and designer)
William Morris (designer, writer)
Christina Rossetti (poet, sister of Dante Rossetti)
John Ruskin (critic)
Elizabeth Siddal (painter, poet and artist's model)
Simeon Solomon (painter)
Algernon Swinburne (poet)

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The Pre-Raphaelites: Their Lives and Works in 500 Images by Michael Robinson – Hardcover: 256 pages; Lorenz Books (Oct 16, 2012)

This is an essential volume for anyone wanting to learn more about the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and their ethos, and offers the opportunity to study their greatest works in one beautiful collection. This impressive new book opens by looking at key Pre-Raphaelite artists in turn, documenting the artists' lives and the development of their talents. Includes a stunning gallery of more than 290 Pre-Raphaelite works.

The Pre-Raphaelites by Aurélie Petiot – Hardcover: 400 pages; Abbeville Press; Translation edition (Oct 8, 2019) Best Seller

“Books abound about the Pre-Raphaelites...but none are as large, lush, and comprehensive as this enrapturing volume. Sumptuous with more than 300 sharp, page-filling color reproductions of vital, intricately detailed works, art historian Petiot’s in-depth study focuses on the artists’ inspirations, intentions, technical innovations, and impact rather than the legendary complications of their personal lives.” ―Booklist

Frank Dicksee: 1853-1928; His Art and Life by Simon Toll – Hardcover: 240 pages; ACC Publishing Group Ltd (Jan 10, 2017)

Frank Dicksee was born at a time when the first wave of Pre-Raphaelitism was beginning to make its presence felt in Britain and he inherited the romantic spirit of the movement that had been founded only a stone's throw from his childhood home. After early success with his painting of unrequited love, Harmony, he rose to be one of the most popular artists of the late 19th-century, painting in a sumptuous and dramatic style.

John Everett Millais: 130 Paintings and Drawings by Maria Tsaneva – Paperback: 146 pages; CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (Jan 28, 2015)

Sir John Everett Millais was an English painter and illustrator and one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. His prodigious artistic talent won him a place at the Royal Academy schools at the unprecedented age of eleven

The Pre-Raphaelites by Inga Bryden – Hardcover: 1408 pages; Routledge; 1st edition (Nov 24, 1998)

John William Godward: The Eclipse of Classicism by Vern G. Swanson – Hardcover; 352 pages; (Mar 1998) Antique Collectors Club

Lots of hard research provides a little information on this painter. Most of the information centers around the paintings, and sketches themselves , as well of the criticism of his art. This book contains 160 + beautiful , high quality images (including one of J.W. Godward as a child).

The Pre-Raphaelite Body: Fear and Desire in Painting, Poetry, and Criticism by J. B. Bullen – Hardcover: 256 pages; Clarendon Press (Jun 1998)

Romantics & Realists: Rossetti Color, Dolby, NTSC
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Romantics and Realists Boxed Set / Goya, Whistler, Courbet, Friedrich, Rossetti, Delacroix Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC; 6 discs (Sep 26, 2006)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti by Julian Treuherz, Liz Prettejohn, Edwin Becker – Hardcover: 248 pages; Thames & Hudson (Nov 24, 2003)

Published to accompany an exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool and the Van Gogh Museum, the book complements recent scholarship and will stimulate further research on Rossetti. The book and exhibition mark a landmark in Rossetti studies, providing an unprecedented opportunity to view the entire range of his achievement. The contributors include Edwin Becker, exhibition curator at the Van Gogh Museum; Liz Prettejohn, Professor of Art History at Plymouth University; and Julian Treuherz of the National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside. 330 illustrations, 130 in color.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the Game That Must Be Lost by Jerome McGann – Hardcover: 304 pages; Yale University Press (Jun 2000)

Resurrecting Dante Gabriel Rossetti, a major literary figure and visual artist of the second half of the nineteenth century, this book is a conscious reaction to the last sixty years of literary criticism - in which Rossetti's work has been diminished and downplayed. McGann asserts the enormity of Rossetti's accomplishment by pointing out that Rossetti was the central artistic and intellectual figure of his generation, whose influence extended from Swinburne to Wilde to Yeats of Pound. McGann ultimately contends that Rosetti was the major conceptual artist of his generation, whose work prefigured many of the major aesthetic shifts of the twentieth century.

Pre-Raphaelite Women Artists by Jan Marsh, Pamela Gerrish Nunn, Manchester City Art Gallery – Paperback: 160 pages; Thames & Hudson (Apr 1, 1999)

The work of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and their followers is enduringly popular and correspondingly familiar to a wide public. Works by women artists within the Pre-Raphaelite style have, however, largely been forgotten and ignored in the history of the movement. This book, published to accompany an exhibition in Manchester, England, brings together paintings, drawings, photographs, and other works that women contributed to the Pre-Raphaelite movement. Many are reproduced and documented here for the first time. Spanning three generations from the 1840s to the early 1900s, the artists include Barbara Bodichon, Anna Howitt, Rosa Brett, Anna Blunden, Jane Benham Hay, Joanna Boyce, Elizabeth Siddal, Rebecca Solomon, Emma Sandys, Julia Margaret Cameron, Lucy and Catherine Madox Brown, Marie Spartali Stillman, Maria Zambaco, Francesca Alexander, Evelyn De Morgan, Kate Bunce, Marianne Stokes, Christina Herringham, and Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale.

Their works demonstrate that Pre-Raphaelitism is a broader historical movement than has previously been recognized and that women were active in all its phases. Their re-inclusion in Pre-Raphaelite history will redefine its scope, concerns, and achievements, as well as restore a wealth of neglected works to public attention.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti by Alicia Craig Faxon – Hardcover: 256 pages; Abbeville Press; Reissue edition (Sep 1994)

Publishers Weekly: "In this gorgeously illustrated biographical-critical study, Faxon proves herself an astute guide to Rossetti's lush pictures."

Rossetti and His Circle by Elizabeth Prettejohn – Paperback: 80 pages; Stewart Tabori & Chang (Mar 1998)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti's house in Chelsea was a Bohemian enclave in Victorian London, the social centre for such rebels as the visionary painter Edward Burne-Jones, the socialist William Morris, the aesthete James McNeill Whistler, and the scandalous poet Charles Swinburne. The rumours it aroused mixed fact and fiction to tell of love affairs between artists and models, of nocturnal rambles and drunken poetry recitations, of the house's collection of Oriental china, medieval musical instruments and exotic animals. But fact or fantasy, the circle's unconventional image was inseparable from their artistic experiments. This book offers new perspectives on the sensual depictions of women, the use of intense color and exotic accessories to heighten sensory experience, the overtones of spirituality and mysticism in the art of Rossetti and his circle. Through their paintings, Rossetti and his friends transformed Bohemian life into a religion of beauty, leading the way toward the Symbolist art of the late nineteenth century. 60 illustrations, 40 in color.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti by Russell Ash – Hardcover; Harry N. Abrams (Oct 1995)

Poet and painter, founder and acknowledged leader of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882) has beguiled and intrigued for more than a century with his turbulent and romantic imagery. This beautifully illustrated book analyzes the life and career of this influential English painter. 63 illustrations, 53 in color.

Frederic Leighton: Antiquity, Renaissance, and Modernity by Elizabeth Prettejohn – Hardcover: 384 pages; Yale University Press (Mar 1999)

This original collection of writings reinterprets the art of Frederic Leighton (1830-1896), challenging the view that limits him to the category of 'Victorian artist' and revealing his broader significance in the history of modern art. The book is the first to extend the discussion of Leighton beyond his life and works to address such current concerns as gender and sexuality, the artist's identity and self-positioning, and Leighton's position in relation to Aestheticism and Modernism.

Lord Leighton by Russell Ash – Paperback: 96 pages; Trafalgar Square (Mar 1998)

A splendid illustrated monograph on the career and major work of the towering Victorian artist Sir Frederic Leighton. Now in paperback, featuring 55 color reproductions. For more than a quarter of a century, Frederic Leighton (1830-96) dominated the Victorian art world. His paintings, ranging across striking and complex historical, literary, and mythological themes, were among the best known of his age. This sumptuous appraisal considers Leighton's life, his influences, and the intelligence and technical virtuosity that distinguish his work. His rise to fame is explored via his principal works, from his controversial nudes to his monumental murals.

Frederic, Lord Leighton: Eminent Victorian Artist by Frederic Leighton Leighton of Stretton, Christopher Newall, Richard Ormond, Benedict Read, Stephen Jones – Hardcover: 256 pages; Harry N. Abrams (Mar 30, 1996)

Frederic Leighton (1830-1896), the eminent Victorian painter and sculptor, was the first president of the Royal Academy and the first artist made a lord. Now, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his death, the Royal Academy will hold a major exhibition, to which this book serves as a catalogue. Included are 128 color plates, additional illustrations, and never-before-seen photographs.

The Art of Lord Leighton by Christopher Newall – Paperback: 144 pages; Phaidon Press; Reprint edition (Oct 1993)

Leighton was among the most successful British painters of the Victorian artistic renaissance. He created the grandest and most elaborate figurative paintings, covering a wide range of historic and literary subjects. Victorian soap opera. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Lord Leighton by Russell Ash – Paperback; Trafalgar Square Publishing (1735)

A splendid illustrated monograph on the career and major work of the towering Victorian artist Sir Frederic Leighton. Now in paperback, featuring 55 color reproductions.

Lawrence Alma-Tadema by Edmund Swinglehurst, Lawrence Alma-Tadema – Hardcover: 144 pages; Thunder Bay Press; 1st edition (Aug 1, 2001)

Lawrence Alma-Tadema was born in the Netherlands but spent most of his adult life in England, becoming a member of the Royal Academy and later gaining a knighthood. He was the quintessential Classicist painter, taking many of his themes from Greek and Roman Mythology. His work has a rich dream-like quality which is well illustrated in this book.

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema by Russell Ash – Hardcover: 92 pages; Harry N. Abrams (Mar 1990)

Reader review: So that you willunderstand my perspective, I am a professor and a painter mostly of large scale, representational figures, so I buy anything to do with artists who specialize in the figure. In Russel Ash's book, the reproductions were large and fairly clearly reproduced. I enjoy the art of the late 19th and early twentieth century and the detailed realism of Tadema's female figures was, though academic in development, fun to see. Of that era I prefer Waterhouse and others, whose sense of color and less passive work is more powerful and deep, but if you like figure paintings especially of "Victorians in toga's" as one critic of his day describes Alma-Tadema's work, then you will love the large format reproductions.

The book is lavishly adorned with semi-nude, sleepy-eyed, languid, supple, neo-classical women and a few men, all painted in the always safe, pastellish colors of the time. The women are engaged in mostly pastoral time passing non-events. The Roses of Heliogabllus, with it's profusion of rose petals was easily the most colorfully of the reproductions, and a large composition of Joseph Overseer... as the most powerful of his offerings. The bio of Alma-Tadema was interesting enough to make me want to know more. If you are an art lover, a collector of large format books of painters, even the 19th cnetury academic styles, this is a good one for you

Lawrence Alma Tadema: Spring (Getty Museum Studies on Art) by Louise Lippincott – Paperback: 100 pages; Oxford University Press; 1st edition (Sep 5, 1991)

This second volume in the Getty Museum Studies on Art focuses on Spring, one of Tadema's most renowned paintings. The book is lavishly illustrated and includes details of the painting, a history, and an analysis focusing on sources, composition, and symbolism.

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema by Elizabeth Prettejohn, Edwin Becker – Includes 150 illustrations, 100 in color.

The Biography and Catalogue Raisonne of the Paintings of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema by Vern G. Swanson, Lawrence Alma-Tadema – Hardcover: 511 pages; Scolar Press (Apr 1990)

At prices $600+, this is a very collectible book!

Tate British Artists: Edward Burne-Jones by David Peters Corbett – Paperback: 80 pages; Tate (Dec 7, 2004)

Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898) was a leading artist in what is often referred to as the second generation of the Pre-Raphaelite movement. Inspired by medieval, classical, and biblical themes, his paintings of graceful women, angels, gods, and heroes are dreamlike and sentimental. He also designed mosaics, tapestries, and stained-glass windows for churches throughout England. This fascinating scholarly study sheds new light on the inspiration and working practices of this most romantic of artists.

Lawrence Alma-Tadema by Rosemary J. Barrow – Paperback: 208 pages; Phaidon Press (Oct 1, 2003)

Neglected after his death, Alma-Tadema's paintings are once again admired for their beauty and their remarkable mastery of light, colour and texture. With its intriguing insights into his personality and intentions, this book should provide a challenging reassessment of a major artist.

Burne-Jones: The Life and Works of Sir Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898) by Christopher Wood – Hardcover: 160 pages; Stewart Tabori & Chang (May 1, 1998)

From The Publisher: Burne-Jones was one of the most important artist of the second phase of the Pre-Raphaelite movement and one of the greatest of all English romantic painters. Through his lifelong association with William Morris he was also a prolific designer of stained glass, tapestries, tiles, mosaics, books and furniture. In this authoritative new book, in which five of Burne-Jones's series of pictures and tapestries are reproduced in full for the first time (other than in catalogs), the true glory of the artist's vision and range are made accessible. His personal charm, conveyed whimsically in the caricatures with which he illustrated his voluminous correspondence, together with his relationships with his family and also with his beautiful mistress, Maria Zambaco, are revealed, and his position in the context not only of the Pre-Raphaelites, but also of the wider European stage and the symbolist movement, is thoroughly analyzed.

Edward Burne-Jones, Victorian Artist-Dreamer Stephen Wildman – Hardcover: 376 pages; Metropolitan Museum of Art (1998)

Burne-Jones is at last receiving his fair due of recognition as witnessed by the recent Met show in the Summer of 1998. This book showcases his many merits, including a unerring color and design technique applied to fantastical subjects. What makes the book so irresistible is the wealth of color plates accompanied by detailed explanations.

Burne-Jones by Debra N. Mancoff – Paperback: 127 pages; Pomegranate; 1st edition (Mar 1, 1998)

From Booknews: Ninety-six reproductions, mostly in color (many of them for the first time), illustrate this personal view of an artist who shunned the prosaic tendencies of his age to focus on an alternative realm inspired by poetry and legend. Drawing on the artist's own letters and commentary, the author looks at the course of his life, the enduring themes in his work, and his quest for an aesthetic ideal. She traces his career from his discovery of art to his momentous and long-delayed professional debut in 1877.

Sir Edward Burne-Jones by Russell Ash – Hardcover: Harry N. Abrams (Oct 5, 1993)

Usually identified with the Pre-Raphaelites, Burne-Jones (1833-98) was actually a latecomer to the Brotherhood. As Ash (Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Abrams, 1990) maintains here, he was finally regarded as the leader of the subsequent Aesthetic movement, a percursor of Symbolism. Described as the "first monograph in 20 years'' on Burne-Jones, this work is art publishing at its most sumptuous. In the 40 oversize plates (14'' x 11''), Burne-Jones's dark woods and dreaming maidens appear at their most compelling.

Edward Burne-Jones by Penelope Fitzgerald – Paperback: 320 pages; Sutton Publishing (Jul 25, 1997)

The only complete biography in print of this famous contemporary of William Morris, best known as the designer of stained glass and tapestries for Morris and Co. First published in 1975, this new edition includes 8 pages of color plates and an updated bibliography.

J. W. Waterhouse by Peter Trippi – Hardcover: 240 pages; Phaidon Press (Oct 18, 2002)

In this carefully researched new study, Peter Trippi presents a fresh and absorbing analysis of the artist's seductresses, martyrs and nymphs, and the cultural and historical circumstances in which they were produced. He also utilizes new research to provide an accessible biography of the artist. Themes explored include Waterhouse's passion for Italy, literature and the classical world, the role of the Royal Academy in his life, his stylistic influences and studio practice, and his relations with collectors, dealers, critics and curators.

Neglected throughout much of the twentieth century, Waterhouse has enjoyed a dramatic revival of fortune. Peter Trippi's monograph provides a timely re-evaluation that combines a close reading of Waterhouse's imagery with a candid appraisal of the milieu in which he worked.

J. W. Waterhouse by Anthony Hobson – Paperback: 128 pages; Phaidon Press; Reprint edition (Jan 1, 1994)

The lavish reproductions in this book do homage to the wonderful God-given
ability of the artist. Waterhouse's nymphs, faeries and women are innocent, gorgeous, and fetching, his colors deep, dark and lush, his men heroic and altruistic. If you love PreRaphaelite era art, Romanticism, mythical stories skillfully representated in figure art, this is the book for you. Though I bought the book for the reproductions, I recently read the text and found it helpful.

Myth and Romance: The Art of J.W. Waterhouse J. W. Waterhouse – Paperback: 160 pages; Phaidon Press (Dec 30, 2001)

The paintings of J.W. Waterhouse are perennially popular. This compact edition brings together a selection of the artist's finest watercolors, depicting scenes from Middle Ages legends and myths of the ancient world. The paintings are accompanied by illuminating explanations of the myths and legends that inspired Waterhouse.

Truth and Beauty: The Pre-Raphaelites and the Old Masters by Melissa E. Buron – Hardcover: 296 pages; Prestel (Jun 19, 2018)

This dazzling book examines the inspiration behind the work of the Pre-Raphaelites and offers comparisons between the radical 19th-century artists and the masterworks they revered.

John Everett Millais: Drawings & Paintings by Raya Yotova – Paperback: 108 pages; CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (Apr 2, 2018)

Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Baronet, PRA (1829 – 1896) was an English painter and illustrator who was one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. A child prodigy, at the age of eleven Millais became the youngest student to enter the Royal Academy Schools. The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood was founded at his family home in London, at 83 Gower Street. Millais became the most famous exponent of the style, his painting Christ in the House of His Parents (1850) generating considerable controversy.

Pre-Raphaelite Sisters by Jan Marsh, Charlotte Gere, Peter Funnell, Pamela Nunn, Alison Smith – Hardcover: 224 pages; National Portrait Gallery, London (Nov 19, 2019)

Think of the images created by William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and others in their circle, however, and it is not men but pale-faced young women with lustrous, tumbling locks that spring to mind, gazing soulfully from the picture frame or in dramatic scenes painted in glowing colors.

Pre-Raphaelite Painting Techniques by Joyce Townsend – Paperback: 208 pages; Tate (Dec 1, 2004)

In this unusual book readers are given the opportunity to examine works of the Pre-Raphaelites as closely as a conservator would, and to uncover the artistic methods practiced by these painters. Combining modern scientific research-including X-ray and infrared technology, high-level magnification, and material analysis-with commentary from the letters and diaries of the artists themselves, this book explores the innovative techniques behind 20 of their extraordinary works in a way that no previously published study has attempted.

In addition to extensive full-color illustrations, many of them large-scale details, this fascinating volume features texts by leading conservators that provide a historical perspective on the works and techniques in question.

The Designs of William De Morgan by Martin Greenwood – Hardcover: 256 pages; Antique Collectors Club (Oct 1996)

Published in conjunction with an exhibition of de Morgan's work at the Victoria
and Albert Museum in 1989, this book contains the complete collection of William de Morgan's original pottery and tile designs and drawings that was given to the museum after his death in 1917. With just about 20 pages of text of the total 256 pages, it is nearly all photographs with over 50 pages in color.

John Everett Millais: Beyond the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood by Debra N. Mancoff, Debra Mancoff – Hardcover: 264 pages; Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (Aug 1, 2001)

The long and stellar career of John Everett Millais (1829-1896) has been framed in terms of his rise to notoriety as an original member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood followed by a compromising descent into comfortable success as a popular painter and leading figure in the Royal Academy. But this dismissal of Millais's post- Raphaelite work overlooks more than forty years of artistic endeavor and distinction.

In this book, nine scholars reexamine Millais's entire career from a variety of perspectives, arriving at a new vision of his place in the history of British art and finding that fame and recognition did not represent the end of this important Victorian artist's development.

Millais: Portraits by Malcolm Warner, Kate Flint, H. Matthew, Peter Funnell – Paperback: 224 pages; Princeton University Press; 1st edition (Feb 22, 1999)

Millais: Portraits by Malcolm Warner, Kate Flint, H. Matthew, Peter Funnell – Hardcover: 240 pages; Princeton University Press (Feb 22, 1999)

John Everett Millais is still thought of mostly as a Pre-Raphaelite painter, but a much longer portion of his career was devoted to painting the portraits of the Victorian rich and famous. Not only did this prove extraordinarily lucrative—Millais earned what by today's standards would be millions from his portraits—it offered one of the most talented 19th-century painters the chance to fashion powerful and memorable images of the people of his age. This book is the catalog to the 1999 Millais Portrait exhibition debuting at the National Gallery in London and traveling around the United States. It is a much more handsome production than most catalogs.

Sir John Everett Millais by Russell Ash – Paperback: 96 pages; Pavilion Books Ltd (Jun 1, 1998)

A handsome large-format monograph on the career and major work of the most successful British painter of the Victorian era. Now in paperback, featuring 55 fine color reproductions. John Everett Millais (1829-96) was a child prodigy who entered the Royal Academy at the unprecedented age of eleven; he later rose to prominence as one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. In the view of the illustrious writer John Ruskin, he was ``the most powerful of them all.'' He achieved fame and wealth as the painter of some of the era's most popular pictures; he was equally at home with historical, literary, and religious themes as well as landscapes, genre paintings, and society portraits. His private life was considered scandalous (he ran off with Ruskin's wife), yet he rose to the highest ranks of British society.

William Holman Hunt: A Catalogue Raisonne by Judith Bronkhurst – Hardcover: 800 pages; 2 volumes Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (Sep 15, 2006)

William Holman Hunt was one of the three major artistic talents of the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood. Hunt’s work was always characterized by great seriousness of purpose, and his paintings include many of the most beautiful and powerful images of that midcentury explosion of creativity. This catalogue raisonée gives him the attention he deserves.

John William Godward: The Eclipse of Classicism by Vern G. Swanson – Hardcover: 286 pages; Acc Pub Group; 1st edition (Mar 1, 1998)

Lots of hard research provides a little information on this painter. Most of the information centers around the paintings, and sketches themselves , as well of the criticism of his art. This book contains 160 + beautiful , high quality images (including one of J.W. Godward as a child).

The Art of Ford Madox Brown by Kenneth Bendiner – Hardcover: 348 pages; Penn State University Press (Dec 5, 1997)

This is the first comprehensive history devoted to the art of Ford Madox Brown (1821-93), in which his paintings establish him as a major figure in the most important new art movement of Victorian England, Pre-Raphaelitism. The book presents a new explanation of the development and basic aims of Pre-Raphaelite art as a whole and offers a revealing discussion of the power and importance of the humorous vein and negative spirit that run throughout Brown's work. It also ties Brown's realist approach to British decorative taste at mid-century and redefines his place in the Aesthetic Movement, a cultural trend that dominated the latter half of the nineteenth century. In addition, the artist's socialist leanings and nationalistic tendencies, expressed in depictions of workers, children, women, and religious scenes, are set out more fully than in any previous literature on the artist.

Arthur Hughes: His Life and Works by Leonard Roberts, Stephen Wildman – Hardcover: 304 pages; Antique Collectors Club Dist; 1st edition (Feb 1, 1998)

As a serious student of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and their associates, I have noticed a curious lack of materials regarding Arthur Hughes and his work. This is perhaps due to the unfortunate destruction (evidently) of much of the papers and materials that would give better light to his biography, as well as his partial detraction from oil painting to produce much illustration work. No less important, in truth, is likely the fact that he was not one of the most successful of Victorian age painters. However, the charm of coloring and subjects in his unique style certainly warrants a serious treatment and Arthur Hughes: His Life and Works is an admirable and well-produced effort.

Albert Moore by Robyn Asleson – Hardcover: 240 pages; Phaidon Press; 1st edition (May 12, 2000)

Albert Moore (1841-93) was one of the most important late-Victorian artists. He employed the female figure to embody abstract systems of ideal beauty, and created many defining images of the Aesthetic Movement. This book presents a view of the artist's allegedly reclusive personality, and seeks to establish him as a major figure and a significant precursor of Modernism.

William Morris by Linda Parry, Victoria and Albert Museum – Hardcover: 384 pages; Harry N. Abrams; 1st edition (Sep 1, 1996)

William Morris was one of the most influencial designers of the 19th century, and his appeal remains strong today. Many of his wallpaper, carpet, and textile patterns are still in production. Now, the life and work of this pioneer of the British Arts and Crafts Movement is fully analyzed for the first time in the most complete and multifaceted look at Morris ever published. 565 illustrations, 394 in color.

Frederick Sandys 1829-1904: A Catalogue Raisonne by Betty Elzea – Hardcover: 350 pages; Antique Collectors' Club (Dec 1, 2001)

Sandys was never a member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, but to a great extent he adopted their methods, and followed the same ideals.

The Pre-Raphaelites at Home by Pamela Todd – Paperback: 192 pages; Pavilion Books; New edition (May 28, 2003)

Set against the background of an opulent and affluent Victorian art establishment, Pre-Raphaelites at Home tells the story of a fiery group of artists whose ideas—which were seen as revolutionary—and avant-garde lifestyle-deemed impossibly bohemian—were at odds with the conventional wisdom of the time.

Led by the charismatic Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the semi-secret Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood attracted some of the most colorful and complex personalities of the age, including William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais, Ford Madox Brown, and Edward Burne-Jones. These artists took their creative inspiration not from the works of other painters, but directly from nature. Female beauty was central to their art; friendship, to their lives.

The lively, entertaining narrative is lavishly illustrated throughout with beautiful color reproductions of Pre-Raphaelite paintings, as well as wonderful photographs of the artists and their homes and studios.

Jane Morris: The Pre-Raphaelite Model of Beauty by Debra N. Mancoff – Paperback: 113 pages; Pomegranate; 1st edition (Sep 1, 2000)

Immortalized in the sensuous paintings of Dante Gabriel Rossetti and widely imitated by fashionable women, Jane Morris (1839-1914) was, nonetheless, not your typical Victorian beauty. Her unruly dark hair, dense brows, tall and angular figure, and taste for loose, unadorned garments stood out in an age that favored fair-haired women of small stature, with feminine curves exaggerated by corsets and crinolines.

Drawing on dozens of lavish portraits and rare photographs, author Debra Mancoff examines Jane Morris's "strange beauty" within the context of Pre-Raphaelite aesthetic ideals and Victorian standards of fashion. The chronological narrative traces Morris's rise from an eighteen-year-old working-class Oxford girl to a virtual "supermodel" for the Pre-Raphaelites, focusing in particular on her relationships with artist-designer William Morris, whom she married in 1859, and Rossetti, with whom she shared a lifelong romance.

From the Deep Waters: Maidens of Myth and Mystery by Toshiyuki Takamiya – Hardcover: 110 pages; Chronicle Books; Reprint edition (Feb 1997)

The lure of the siren, the comeliness of the mermaid, the elegiac beauty of Ophelia—in captivating paintings by such artists as J.W. Waterhouse, Frederick Lord Leighton, Gustaav Klimt, and Edward Burne-Jones and other Pre-Raphaelites, this exquisite volume takes a mystical journey into the deep waters where romantic art flows together with female enigma and timeless mystery. 90+ color illustrations.

The Pre-Raphaelites by Christopher Wood – Paperback: 160 pages; Seven Dials (Jun 30, 2001)

This exquisite volume, both an authoritative reference and a handsome coffee table book, features full-page reproductions from such famous artists as Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, William Morris, and others.

The Pre-Raphaelite Vision by Editors of Phaidon Press – Paperback: 160 pages; Phaidon Press; Miniature edition (Jan 1, 1994)

The Pre-Raphaelites produced some of Victorian art's most famous images. Now, this jewel-like book draws together classic images of female grace from that era's paintings and sketches. Together with excerpts from their writing and poetry, this miniature volume evokes the charm, personality, and passion of the Pre-Raphaelites's art.

The Art of the Pre-Raphaelites by Elizabeth Prettejohn – Hardcover: 304 pages; Princeton University Press; 1st edition (Nov 15, 2000

As Prettejohn notes, so much has been written on those mid-nineteenth-century English art radicals, the Pre-Raphaelites, that some bookstores have separate sections to accommodate all the tomes about them. How could anything exciting remain to be said about them? Well, for many art lovers, what Prettejohn says will be pretty intriguing. She takes the extreme reactions to Pre-Raphaelite painting, then and now, seriously; looks again and more thoroughly at the meticulous realism, even lighting, clashing colors, and multiple foci in their paintings; and suggests a new story about the development of modern art, from Pre-Raphaelitism to symbolism to surrealism to pop art to postmodernism. If that doesn't pique art book readers' interest, perhaps Prettejohn's attention to the female Pre-Raphaelites, or her consideration of gender and sexuality in Pre-Raphaelite art, or the luscious reproductions of virtually all the famous and many lesser-known but entrancing Pre-Raphaelite masterpieces will. Art libraries, consider this book essential. —Ray Olson Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

English Pre-Raphaelite Painters: Their Associates and Successors by Percy H. Bate – Paperback: 370 pages; HardPress Publishing (Jan 10, 2012)

Pre-Raphaelites: Romance and Realism by Laurence Des Cars – Paperback: 127 pages; Harry N. Abrams (May 1, 2000)

This study of Pre-Raphaelite painters and poets reveals a style-derived from the idealized view of nature in the early Italian Renaissance-steeped in mythology and literary allusion and very popular today with lovers of romantic art and poetry. 125 illustrations, 95 in full color, 5 x 7"

The Pre-Raphaelites and Their World by Rachel Barnes – Paperback: 120 pages; Tate (Mar 1, 1998)

  • Introduction: The Royal Academy - John Ruskin - The Formation of the Brotherhood - The Modern-Life Subject - The Image of Women - The Fallen Woman - The Town - The Country
  • Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1828-1882
  • John Everett Millais 1829-1896
  • William Holman Hunt 1827-1910
  • Ford Madox Brown 1821-1893
  • William Morris 1834-1896
  • Edward Coley Burne-Jones 1833-1898
  • Arthur Hughes 1832-1915
  • Aftermath

The Age of Rossetti, Burne-Jones & Watts: Symbolism in Britain 1860-1910 by Andrew Wilton, Robert Upstone, Barbara Bryant, Tate Gallery Publishing Limited – Hardcover: 256 pages; Flammarion (Nov 3, 1997)

Published to accompany a major exhibition organized by the Tate Gallery, London, this is the first publication to explore the impact of British art on the international symbolist movement.

Collecting the Pre-Raphaelites: The Anglo-American Enchantment by Margaretta Frederick Watson – Hardcover: 224 pages; Ashgate Publishing Company (Sep 1997)

From Booknews: Fifteen essays replicate the symposium coordinated by Watson (freelance writer; recent Ph.D., Bryn Mawr), "Ideas and Images: the Pre-Raphaelites" (Delaware Art Museum, September 1995), in conjunction with an exhibition from the Birmingham City Museums and Art Gallery, England. The lush art of Burne-Jones, Rosetti, Stillman, et al.—shown in numerous b&w prints (still popular as poster art)—are placed in the context of their significance to American and British collectors; the Victorian fixation with Renaissance Italy; critic John Ruskin's campaign to establish Pre-Raphaelite painting as "the" art of England; and analysis of specific paintings in relation to such issues as their portrayal of women, the nude, religious themes, and resonance with Anglo-American individuality. Annotation © by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Pre-Raphaelite Paintings from Manchester Cityart Galleries by Julian Treuherz – Paperback: 128 pages; Art Books Intl Ltd; 2nd edition (Mar 1, 1996)

Visions of Love and Life: Pre-Raphaelite Art from the Birmingham Collection, England by Stephen Wildman – Paperback: 372 pages; Art Services Intl (Mar 1, 1995)

Pre-Raphaelite Prints: The Graphic Art of Millais, Holman Hunt, Rossetti and Their Followers by Rodney Engen – Hardcover: 128 pages; Lund Humphries Pub Ltd (Jul 1995)

Pre-Raphaelite Prints is the first book to be devoted solely to this vital chapter in the development of the Pre-Raphaelites. It discusses their etchings, reproductive engravings and book illustrations with full details for collectors, scholars and print dealers. When faced initially with the hostility of the art world, the primary Pre-Raphaelite artists Rossetti, Millais and Holman Hunt used the populist medium of the print as a means of gaining mass appeal for their paintings, and of spreading the Pre-Raphaelite message to a wider audience. Fully illustrated with reproductions of the most important works, this book shows how the innovative prints of Rossetti, Holman Hunt and Millais led to the Pre-Raphaelite ideal of densely drawn, jewel-like engravings of exquisite observation.

The Pre-Raphaelites (Colour Library) by Andrea Rose – Paperback: 128 pages; Phaidon Press; 2nd edition (Jan 1, 1994)

The Pre-Raphaelites and Their Circle by Cecil Y. Lang – Paperback: 571 pages; University of Chicago Press; 2nd edition (Sep 15, 1975)

The Pre-Raphaelite Body: Fear and Desire in Painting, Poetry, and Criticism by J. B. Bullen – Hardcover: 256 pages; Clarendon Press (Jun 1998)

Chapters include: The Ugliness of Early Pre-Raphaelitism, The Retrogressive Argument, Archaism, Pathological Discourse, Rossetti, the Sexualized Woman and the Late 1850s, The Fallen Woman: 'Jenny' and Found, The Passionate Woman: Mary Magdalene, Guenevere, Jehane, and Lucrezia Borgia, The Sexualized Woman: Rossetti's Bocca baciata, Rossetti and Male Desire, Pygmalion and Rossetti's 'A Last Confession, The Woman in the Mirror, Burne-Jones and the Aesthetic Body, The Aesthetic Conspiracy, The Problems of Femininity and Effeminization, The Theology of Intensity, The Androgynous Mind, The Pathology of Aestheticism, The Importance of Physiognomy, and The Solitary Vice

Pre-Raphaelites Re-Viewed (Cultural Politics) by Marcia Pointon – Hardcover: 192 pages; Palgrave Macmillan (Mar 1, 1989)

Pre-Raphaelite Art in Its European Context Susan P. Casteras, Alicia Craig Faxon – Hardcover: 241 pages; Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (Sep 1995)

From The Publisher: Pre-Raphaelitism continues to generate considerable scholarly interest, and a new revisionist approach is offered in Pre-Raphaelite Art in Its European Context, which attempts to evaluate the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and their followers not in isolation as a solely British phenomenon but rather in terms of its larger Continental contexts in the nineteenth century. Essays by contributors forge links of Pre-Raphaelite art and thought with such movements as Impressionism, Symbolism, and the Rose + Croix salons.

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