The Antiques Roadshow have issued a call for help finding a very special object; a pocket watch designed by Dante Gabriel Rossetti as a memorial to his wife, Elizabeth Siddal. In you watch the segment at the end the show (at about 58.38) you can see his original design for this beautiful gold watch, as well as a photograph of the finished object. Sadly, it has gone missing, but Antiques Roadshow have determined to try to find it.
I had never heard of this watch myself, and was quite surprised to learn of it. I wonder if it is the one he is wearing in the series of Rossetti family photographs taken by Lewis Carroll. Has anyonoe else heard of it before? Do you have any guesses as to its possible whereabouts? The hunt is on!
This CLIP will be available to view for the next three days. The Rossetti watch appears in the final segment of the program.
Thanks very much to my brilliant web designer, David Knight, for alerting me to the programme!
Readers, this is your chance to help make Pre-Raphaelite history!
As a long-standing fan of the Antiques Roadshow, I am thrilled to inform you that Geoffrey Munn has contacted me about his ongoing search for the beautiful watch that Dante Gabriel Rossetti designed as a memorial to Elizabeth Siddal.
For those of you unaccountably unfamiliar with his regular appearances on this great British television programme, jewellery expert Munn (FSA, FRSA) specialises in nineteenth-century metalwork and Fabergé, and is managing director of London jewellers, Wartski. Click HERE to see him in action at the British Museum on the Antiques Roadshow.
Christmas has come early for those who feared that the rage for all things Pre-Rapahelite might be diminishing in the wake of Tate Britain's Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde exhibition.
A new play about Eleanor Elizabeth Siddal, Pre-Raphaelitism’s most famous muse / artist / poet is coming to London’s Arcola Theatre this November. Playwright Jeremy Green has generously shared some of his thoughts with us on matters as diverse as: how deadlines are a writer’s friend; why he suspects that, of all the muses, ‘Lizzie’s story is a bigger emotional journey’; and why he is particularly keen that his play tells ‘Lizzie’s story’ and not the tale of ‘The Pre-Raphaelites and their Camp Followers’.
Although I confess I think the latter might make an excellent Christmas Panto …
Do you follow me (@preraphsrule) on Twitter? Read the interview with extra care - you may find that Jeremy has answered some of your specific questions about his play. Thanks to all who tweeted their questions.
Lizzie Siddal is written by Jeremy Green [photo above] and directed by Lotte Wakeham with design by David Woodhead and lighting design by Howard Hudson. It is produced by Copperhead Productions and Peter Huntley Productions.
It will run at the Arcola Theatre from Wednesday 20 November – Saturday 21 December 2013.
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.