Pre-Raphaelites in The City: Fashion

Dinah Roe

Pre-Raphaelite News Round-Up

Recent articles and items on the Pre-Raphaelites range from the predictable (Florence Welch described as ‘Pre-Raphaelite’) to the wildly original (Dimbola Museum’s ‘Best Bohemian Beard’ awards).

What emerges from these disparate approaches is the sense that its kaleidoscopic nature has helped keep Pre-Raphaelitism vital. Its refusal to remain in one category (fine arts, literature, music, decorative arts) means Pre-Raphaelitism continues to appeal to film-makers and fashion designers as much as art gallery visitors and poetry lovers.

And beard-fanciers. 


In the News
11 Feb 2012
The Times chooses Christina Rossetti sonnet for ‘Love Poems Everyone Should Know.’
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/poetrycompetition/article3312184.ece

15 Feb 2012
Jan Marsh: ‘Did Rossetti Really Need to Exhume His Wife?’ In TLS
http://www.the-tls.co.uk/tls/public/article872671.ece

20 Feb 2012
MarketWatch
Pre-Raphaelite Works from 7 Liverpool art museums newly available on the ‘Your Paintings’ website. Get tagging!
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/3000-oil-paintings-from-national-museums-liverpool-join-the-your-paintings-website-2012-02-20

9 March 2012
Islington Tribune appeals for funds to preserve Ford Madox Brown’s grave
http://www.islingtontribune.com/news/2012/mar/artist-ford-maddox-brown%E2%80%99s-overgrown-grave-sparks-appeal

 

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The Pre-Raphaelite Marketplace

In 1876, The Galaxy Magazine drew its readers’ attention to a new trend overtaking the streets of the English capital:

We have now in London pre-Raphaelite painters, pre-Raphaelite poets, pre-Raphaelite novelists, pre-Raphaelite young ladies, pre-Raphaelite hair, eyes, complexion, dress, decorations, window curtains, chairs, tables, knives forks and coal-scuttles. We have pre-Raphaelite anatomy, we have pre-Raphaelite music…

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Pre-Raphaelites in the City

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This blog explores the thriving Victorian cities which inspired the Pre-Raphaelites, and were shaped by them in turn. While the Pre-Raphaelites produced poetry and art praising the natural world, most were born and raised in urban environments, and their work retained a cosmopolitan sensibility. Although this blog will sometimes take excursions into the countryside, its focus will remain on city life. If you want more information on images or sources, please get in touch.