PRS Essay and Poetry Prizes

Every year the Pre-Raphaelite Society runs a Poetry Prize and the John Pickard Essay Prize. We are delighted to announce the winners for 2015:


The John Pickard Essay Prize

First Prize: Kevin Hill, for his essay ‘Millais’ Muse’

Second place: Diana Tarlindano, ‘The gardens in the paintings of Waterhouse’


The Pre-Raphaelite Society Poetry Prize

First place: Lavinia Singer, ‘Winter’s Place’

Second place: Azelina Flint, “Could she have opened the grave, no other hand was needed”

Third place: Andrew Mayne, ‘Burne-Jones’s St George’

Poet-in-Residence’s Commendation: Chris Campbell, ‘The Lady of Shalott Returns’

Editor’s Commendation: Gail-Nina Anderson, ‘The Girl on the Golden Stairs’


Congratulations to all winners, whose work will be published in the Spring 2016 issue of the PRS Review.

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May Morris Conference 2016

May Morris Conference 2016 Friday 13 May and Saturday 14 May 2016 William Morris Gallery Forest Road, London E17 4PP

The William Morris Gallery is to host a landmark conference presenting important new insights into the career of leading arts and crafts designer May Morris, the younger daughter of William and Jane Morris.
The event, which marks thirty years since the publication of Jan Marsh’s seminal biography, Jane and May Morris – A Biographical Story, will bring together new research on May’s life and work from curators, academics and independent scholars. The conclusions of the conference will inform a major new exhibition of May Morris’s work at the William Morris Gallery in 2017.

May Morris was a professional designer, embroiderer, teacher and writer. She exhibited widely in the UK and abroad, founded the Women’s Guild of Arts and was responsible for designing some of Morris & Co’s most iconic textiles. May also participated in the early Socialist Movement and was instrumental in preserving and shaping her father’s legacy.

Included in the two-day study event are visits to the V&A’s Clothworkers’ Centre and the William Morris Gallery’s collection store to view rare May Morris textiles. Delegates will also have the opportunity to take part in a riverside walk exploring the environment in which May lived and worked in Hammersmith, led by the William Morris Society.

The keynote lecture will be delivered by Jan Marsh, who will reflect on the growth of public and academic interest in May Morris’s career since the publication of her biography in 1986. Jan Marsh, writer and President of the William Morris Society, says:
‘Always overshadowed by her illustrious father and also by her mother’s reputation as a Pre-Raphaelite muse, and originally ignored by the Dictionary of National Biography, May Morris has never received the attention her own achievements deserve. This Conference will explore many facets of her career, bringing a wealth of recent research into view.’

Anna Mason, Manager of the William Morris Gallery, said:
‘May Morris was a talented designer and maker and made a unique contribution to the international development of art embroidery. The William Morris Gallery holds a rich archive and is delighted to be collaborating with our partner organisations to convene this conference. We hope it will bring even more new material to light in advance of the exhibition planned in 2017.

The full programme can be viewed at Single and two day tickets can also be bought via this link. The conference is open to the general public as well as those with an academic or professional interest in May Morris’s life and work.

For further information and images please contact Ian Mason: Tel: 020 8496 4726 Mob: 07740 046143 Email:

About the William Morris Gallery
The William Morris Gallery is the only public Gallery devoted to William Morris: designer, craftsman and radical socialist. Housed in the grade II* listed building that was Morris’s family home from 1848 to 1856, the Gallery reopened in August 2012 following a major redevelopment that attracted widespread public and press acclaim.
Since its re-launch the Gallery has developed an ambitious exhibition programme, hosting Morris-inspired exhibitions by artists including Grayson Perry, Jeremy Deller, Yinka Shonibare and Bob and Roberta Smith.
The Gallery, which is owned and run by Waltham Forest Council, was awarded the Art Fund prize for Museum of the Year in 2013 and was nominated for the European Museum of the Year Award in 2014.
The Gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am – 5pm; admission is free.

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Visit: Private tour by Dennis Lanigan of the exhibition ‘Beauty’s Awakening’ Feb 13

The Pre‐Raphaelite Society are privileged to be offered a private tour by Denis Lanigan of drawings from his extensive collection of Pre‐Raphaelite art, on 13 February at Leighton House Museum.

Beauty’s Awakening encompasses the entire Victorian era, charting the broad evolution of British draughtsmanship and illustrates new appreciation developed for the art of drawing during Queen Victoria’s reign (1837‐1901), while inviting contemplation of artists operating within the Arts and Crafts and Aesthetic Movements. The exhibition highlights the work of the Pre‐Raphaelite geniuses, Edward Burne‐Jones, John Everett Millais, William Holman Hunt and Dante Gabriel Rossetti as well as Academic champions Edward Poynter and Frederick Leighton. Beauty’s Awakening expresses the richness, diversity and flair of Victorian draughtmanship as seen through the eyes of a discerning collector.

Denis Lanigan has been interested in the Pre‐Raphaelites since 1972 and started collecting their work in 1982. He joined the Pre‐Raphaelite Society in 1990, making him one of our first North American members. He has written articles for the Pre‐Raphaelite Society, as well as The Journal of Pre‐Raphaelite Studies. He has given lectures and curated exhibitions based on his collection.

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

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Article: ‘Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s Collection of Old Masters at Kelmscott Manor’

Julia Dudkiewicz’s new article in the current issue of The British Art Journal (Volume XVI, No. 2, Autumn 2015) entitled ‘Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s Collection of Old Masters at Kelmscott Manor’ is now available online.

As recorded by many of his contemporaries, Dante Gabriel Rossetti was a most extraordinary, avant-garde collector of antiques and Old Masters, but the great majority of his possessions got dispersed without trace at his posthumous sale of 1882. Relying on archival research and two historic images – a drawing by Hanslip Fletcher (1899, William Morris Gallery), and a Country Life photograph of 1921 – it has been possible to trace, and verify the attribution, of all five of his Old Masters left behind at Kelmscott Manor in 1874. Spring or Cultivation of Tulips by Pieter Brueghel the Younger (1632), Matthias Knutsen (Bavarian school, 1556), The Birth of the Virgin (Italian, 17th century) and the Views of Rua Nova dos Mercadores, Lisbon (I & II, Netherlandish or Portuguese artist, 1570-1590) form a rare insight into Rossetti’s prized yet little-known collection, and stand as testimony to his two-year permanent residence of the house (from 1872-74).

The research forms part of Julia’s PhD on Kelmscott Manor, supported with a Central Saint Martins bursary. She would like to acknowledge the vital help and support of her PhD supervisors, Caroline Dakers and Judy Willcocks, the Pre-Rapahelite Society’s Chairman Patricia O’Connor, and Jeremy Warren, Honorary Secretary of the Society of Antiquaries of London.

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Book club: Jan Marsh’s ‘The Legend of Elizabeth Siddal’ Feb 28

The fourth book club meeting will be hosted by the London and Southern Group, at 2pm on Sunday the 28th of February. We will be reading Jan Marsh’s ‘The Legend of Elizabeth Siddal’, available from Amazon. Members can email questions for the author to Madeleine and the five best will be sent on and answers may be read out at the meeting.

The meeting will take place in the basement seating area of Costa Coffee, 112 Southampton Row, London, WC1B 4BL. A casual, guided round table discussion over beverages will take place, with the option for further socializing afterwards. All Society members are welcome to attend but please RSVP before February 14th so a headcount can be done.

If you are interested in attending the book club, please contact Madeleine Pearce, the London and Southern Group coordinator at

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Pre-Raphaelite Society Events: early 2016

2016 is filled with great events for Pre-Raphaelite Society members. From lectures to the London-based book club, there is something for everyone. Sign up leaflets will be posted with your Review mailings and events reminders will appear on Facebook. Or follow our twitter @PreRaphSoc for more updates and news.

16 January 2016: Lecture by Dr Jordan Kistler – ‘Arthur O’Shaughnessy: A Pre-Raphaelite Poet in the British Museum’ Venue: Birmingham & Midland Institute, 11.00 a.m.

13 February 2016: Private tour by Dennis Lanigan of the exhibition ‘Beauty’s Awakening: Drawings by the Pre‐Raphaelites and Their Contemporaries from the Lanigan Collection’, Leighton House, London.

28 February 2016: London and Southern Group Book Club- reading Jan Marsh’s ‘The Legend of Elizabeth Siddal’. Venue: The basement of Costa Coffee, 112 Southampton Row, London., 2p.m.

19 March 2016: Lecture by Dr. Robyne Calvert – ‘The Myth of Pre-Raphaelite Dress’. Venue: Birmingham & Midland Institute, 11.00 a.m.

2 April 2016: London and Southern Group- A guided walk of Pre-Raphaelite Bloomsbury. Venue: Starting in Red Lion Square and finishing with a picnic and poetry reading in Russell Square.

23 April 2016: Lecture by Professor Anna Gruetzner-Robins – ‘Remembering Rossetti’. Venue: Birmingham & Midland Institute, 11.00 a.m.

22 May 2016: London and Southern Group Book Club- TBC on February members’ vote. Venue: The basement of Costa Coffee, 112 Southampton Row, London., 2p.m.

All Birmingham lectures take place at Birmingham & Midland Institute (BMI), 9 Margaret Street, Birmingham – Lecture starts at 11.00 a.m. Reception from 10.30am. Coffee and tea are available for purchase in the BMI Coffee Lounge from 10.15am.

Please note that event/entrance tickets are not issued in advance of the lecture. Pre-booking for lectures is advised. The Society reserves the right to allocate places on a first-come, first served basis where demand for places exceeds venue capacity.

For further details relating to the event mentioned above please email info@Pre‑ For London and Southern Group events, please email

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Lecture by Dr. Jordan Kistler: ‘Arthur O’shaughnessy: A Pre-Raphaelite Poet In The British Museum’ Jan 16

Venue: Birmingham & Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street, Birmingham – Lecture starts at 11.00 a.m. Reception from 10.30am.

Today Arthur O’Shaughnessy is mostly remembered for his 1874 “Ode” which begins “We are the music-makers, /And we are the dreamers of dreams”. The fame of this poem has far surpassed O’Shaughnessy’s own, yet during his lifetime he contributed significantly to the evolution of Pre-Raphaelite poetry that took place during the 1870s and 80s. this lecture will explore the ways in which O’Shaughnessy contributed to the politicization of Pre-Raphaelitism, as well as the move towards formalism and the Aestheticism of the later century.

Jordan Kistler is a Teaching Fellow in nineteenth-century literature at the University of Birmingham. Her research focuses on the Pre-Raphaelites of the 1870s. Her first book Arthur O’Shaughnessy, A Pre-Raphaelite Poet in the British Museum (Ashgate), will be published in 2015.

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

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