London Lecture: Mirrors in Pre-Raphaelite Painting by Claire Yearwood Munn, July 22nd

Venue: The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, In the Committee Room, 37 Spital Square, London, E1 6DY – Lecture starts at 6:30 p.m.

This lecture will examine the role of the mirror in Pre-Raphaelite painting as a significant motif that facilitates a fresh interpretation of familiar works and contributes to identifying Pre-Raphaelitism as avant-garde. Often overlooked as a critical element in their work, mirrors appear in at least thirty pictures by the original members of the Brotherhood, warranting consideration of the object as a distinguishing mark of the movement. A pervasive presence in the background of pictures from 1850 to 1916, Pre-Raphaelite representations of the mirror correspond to the unprecedented availability of glass mirrors manufactured in the 1840s and 1850s. Within this context of glass production, the Pre-Raphaelite mirror lends a contemporary relevancy, whether depicting a Victorian interior or a mythical Arthurian past. Visualising a point of intersection between art-historical iconography and glass technology, the use of the mirror constitutes a specific re-presentation of modern life through mirror imagery and establishes a visual dialogue between Holman Hunt, Rossetti and their followers in spite of seemingly opposing stylistic variations.

Clare Yearwood Munn is a History of Art Doctoral Candidate at University of York, supervised by Dr Liz Prettejohn. She has worked as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Mobile and the University of South Alabama, as well as giving papers at conferences such as ‘Pre-Raphaelitism: Past, Present and Future’.

ADMISSION: £5.00 payable in advance, including free tea and coffee. Please note that events/entrance tickets are not issued in advance. Pre-booking is mandatory. The Society reserves the right to allocate places on a first-come, first served basis where demand for places exceeds venue capacity. All SPAB members and PRS members are welcome.

For further details relating to the event mentioned above please email nouveaudigital@gmail.com.

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Pre-Raphaelite Walk in London Rescheduled

My dearest friends- It is with great regret I find our June 20th walk isn’t auspiciously timed and I’d like to move it. The reports from the websites I follow have grown from a murmur to a roar, and indicate the anti-austerity protest planned for that day in central London (which was arranged after we had already planned the walk) is going to be huge.

I’m worried that we are in for extreme transport disruption and street closures. And some of our members might like to have a bit of a William Morris-style protest themselves :)

But do not fret, the walk is not cancelled, and will be moved to mid-Spring 2016. We will have a new date within the month. Those of you who have returned slips, you still hold your places, and I will call to confirm you are happy with the new date. For those who have not yet signed up, just make a note on your slip you are aware of the coming date change.

All the best-

Madeleine Pearce, the London and Southern Group coordinator, (nouveaudigital@gmail.com).

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Lecture: ‘Collecting the Pre-Raphaelites’ by Mark Samuels June 6

Venue: Birmingham & Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street, Birmingham – Lecture starts at 11.00 a.m.

In this illustrated talk, collector, bibliographer, typographer and curator Mark Samuels Lasner will tell of his near forty years of collecting British authors and artists of the period 1850 to 1900, with a focus on the Pre-Raphaelites and their circle. What started with the purchase of a Kelmscott Press book as a memento of his first trip to London and a serendipitous gift from the last living person to have known William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones soon got out of hand, resulting in the purchase of more than 9,000 books, manuscripts, letters, artworks, photographs and ephemera that today make up the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection, now on loan to the University of Delaware Library.

Mark Samuels Lasner is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Delaware Museum, 2003 recipient of Sir Thomas More medal from the University of San Francisco, awarded to honour the spirit of “private collecting, a public benefit.” A 1974 graduate of Connecticut College, Mark Samuels Lasner is the author of numerous books including The Bookplates of Aubrey Beardsley (2008); William Allingham: A Bibliographical Study (1993); as well as co-author with Margaret D Stutz of England in the 1880’s: Old Guard and Avant-Garde (1989); England in the 1890s: Literary Publishing at the Bodley Head (1990); and The Yellow Book: A Centenary Exhibition (1994). He is active in numerous scholarly, bibliographical and bibliophilic organisations. He served for twenty years as President and Newsletter Editor of the William Morris Society in the United States.

For further details relating to the event mentioned above please email info@Pre‑Raphaelitesociety.org.

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William Morris Society and Emery Walker Trust: Arts and Crafts Hammersmith project

An exciting partnership between two organisations dedicated to celebrating and sharing the stories of two Arts and Crafts pioneers and their Hammersmith homes has been awarded £631,100 by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The William Morris Society and the Emery Walker Trust, who work to promote the lives, influences and collections of Morris and Walker from their former West London homes, can now launch their Arts and Crafts Hammersmith initiative in the new year.

This imaginative venture will open up access to the rich collections of both partners and the wider histories – personal, social, political – of the Arts and Crafts movement, rooted in Hammersmith. The project comprises vital programmes of repairs, refurbishments and improvements to Walker’s Thames-side house at 7 Hammersmith Terrace (the last surviving example in Britain of an authentic Arts and Crafts interior) and Morris’s home at Kelmscott House, ¼ mile away. It gives both organisations the means fully to preserve and conserve the rich heritage in their care, and make it available for public enjoyment, study and learning, through traditional and digital forms.

The project also creates new opportunities for people to get involved through volunteering and skills development, and will establish a more sustainable and resilient future for both organisations. Sue Bowers, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund London, says: “Given the proximity of these two riverside homes – shrines to the Arts and Crafts movement – we are delighted to support this joint project that will underline the close working relationship between its two leading exponents and provide valuable new insights into their artistic collaboration.” Martin Stott, chair of the William Morris Society, says, “’This is wonderful news and a great way to launch the Society’s 2015 Diamond Jubilee celebrations. It will help bring the work and ideas of William Morris to a much wider audience and will complement the Society’s own work. We are very grateful to the HLF for their vote of confidence at this important time.” Michael Hall, chair of the Emery Walker Trust (EWT), says, “This project is a major advance for both organisations and will do so much for 7 Hammersmith Terrace. It also cements an extraordinarily fruitful partnership with WMS, and will allow us to achieve much more than we could alone – giving us both resilience to face the future, and providing a secure foundation for sustainable activity and growth for years to come”.

The project begins with capital and conservation works at both houses from the end of 2015. The public will be able to enjoy new and improved facilities and activities from 2017. Helen Elletson, curator for WMS and EWT, will lead an enlarged staff team to deliver all aspects of the project over its three years. Attentions are now on securing the final funds to complete the project in 2018.

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Lecture: ‘Edward Burne-Jones and the Windows of St. Philip’s Cathedral’ by Martin Ellis, 25 April

A lecture by Martin Ellis entitled ‘Edward Burne-Jones and the Windows of St. Philip’s Cathedral’ will take place on the 25th of April at 11am at the Birmingham & Midland Institute, Margaret Street, Birmingham. This lecture will consider Edward Burne-Jones’s career as a stained glass artist, and place the four windows of St. Philip’s Cathedral in the wider context of his oeuvre.

Martin Ellis is a curator, lecturer and broadcaster. Martin has wide-ranging expertise in the field of art and design. He has managed, developed, exhibited and promoted major collections of decorative and fine arts at Art Galleries and Museums in Birmingham and Blackburn. He now divides his time between curatorial work, the development of cultural tourism programmes, lecturing and broadcasting. Martin is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an accredited lecturer for NADFAS and a Freeman of the Goldsmiths’ Company and of the City of London.

For further details relating to the event mentioned above please email info@Pre‑Raphaelitesociety.org.

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UPDATE: A Victorian Obsession. The Pérez Simón Collection at Leighton House, extended until 6 April

The latest exhibition at Leighton House. A Victorian Obsession. The Pérez Simón collection presents over fifty two exceptional and rarely exhibited paintings by leading Victorian artists. The pictures all belong to the Mexican collector Juan Antonio Pérez Simón and form the largest private collection of Victorian art outside the UK.

Six important pictures by Leighton himself have returned to the house in which they were first painted. Also on display are outstanding pictures by Albert Moore, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, John Everett Millais, John William Waterhouse, Edward Poynter, John Strudwick and John William Godward. These artists knew Leighton and were entertained at his house.

A Victorian Obsession is an unmissable event and a one-off aesthetic experience for anyone interested in the art of the nineteenth century. A review of the exhibition will appear in the next issue of the Society’s Review.

For media enquiries relating to the event mentioned above please email ana.garcia@rbkc.gov.uk. Leighton House Museum is delighted to announce that, due to popular demand, A Victorian Obsession. The Pérez Simón collection has been extended until Monday 6th April.

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Theatre: ‘The Muse’ at Leighton House, 13-28 March

The newest multimedia play by Palimpsest will be held at Leighton House. Based on recent research, the play brings to light new revelations about the fascinating relationship between the Victorian artist Leighton and his muse, actress Dorothy Dene. The eight-night only production is the culmination of an extensive programme of events accompanying the current exhibition at Leighton House, ‘A Victorian Obsession. The Pérez Simón Collection’ which showcases masterpieces from the largest private collection of Victorian art outside the UK, including images of Dorothy Dene herself.

Following the sell-out success of the production Hedda in April 2014, Leighton House is delighted to be working again with Palimpsest to present an extended run of a new multi-media play that fuses theatre, film and online elements. The play begins with a drinks soirée and then the scene moves through the glorious salons of Leighton’s palace of art to culminate in the artist’s studio, where Dorothy often posed nude for Leighton.

The play begins at 7.45pm; doors open at 7.15pm for drinks soirée and tickets are £25. Not suitable for under 14-year-olds. Bookings via EventBrite.

For media enquiries relating to the event mentioned above please email ana.garcia@rbkc.gov.uk.

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