Lecture by Dr Fiona Mann – ‘Edward Burne-Jones and Watercolour Painting 1857-1898’ September 17

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

Edward Burne-Jones’s early years as an artist were spent under the watchful eye of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, but by the 1870s he had developed an independent and idiosyncratic style of watercolour painting, which would defiantly challenge the existing conventions of the medium. His continual quest for improvement and the perfect expression of his personal vision led him to experiment with many of the latest new nineteenth-century painting materials which he purchased from the respected artists’ colourman, Charles Roberson, whose sales ledgers survive today. My research, based largely on the Roberson ledgers, reveals fascinating insights into the artist’s evolving technical practice in the medium of watercolour over the course of his whole career. Works in the collection of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery provide the main focus of this lecture.

Fiona Mann completed her PhD in History of Art at Oxford Brookes University in 2012, under the supervision of Professor Christiana Payne. Her thesis was entitled “Brushing the Surface: The Practice and Critical Reception of Watercolour Techniques in England 1850-1880” and it investigated the impact of new nineteenth-century watercolour materials and equipment on the radical painting techniques of contemporary artists, including Samuel Palmer, Frederick Lewis, Myles Birket Foster, John William North and Edward Burne-Jones. Her MA studies focussed on the watercolours of Dante Gabriel Rossetti. She has subsequently published an article on writers in art in the British periodical press between 1850 and 1880 in the British Art Journal; and on the watercolour painting methods of Edward Burne-Jones in the Burlington Magazine. She is currently researching the oil painting materials and techniques used by Burne-Jones, for which she has received a Paul Mellon Research Grant.

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

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London Lecture: An Evening of Pre-Raphaelite Lectures at SPAB Tonight, spaces free!

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.

We have free spaces available for our wonderful lectures tonight!

Zaynub Zaman will present ‘Talking that Talk: negative speech in the poetry of Dante Gabriel Rossetti’, based on her Pickard Prize-winning essay. Anne Stutchbury will present ‘Instruments of Femininity: the Arnold Dolmetsch clavichords of 1897, Nos. 8 and 10’, which discusses the iconography in the decorations by Helen Fry and Edward Burne-Jones. Clavichord No.10 was in Tate Britain’s ‘Pre-Raphaelites Victorian Avant-Garde’ exhibition and is currently at Standen.

Zaynub Zaman is the 2014 Pickard Prize Winner and undertaking a PhD at the University of Liverpool, tracing the presence of Dante Alighieri in the poetical and pictorial works of Dante Gabriel Rossetti with particular focus on medieval mysticism and sexuality.

Anne Stutchbury is currently finishing an AHRC funded, collaborative PhD research project with the National Trust at Standen in West Sussex. Her doctoral research of Standen and the Beale family began in 2012.

The London and Southern Group lecture series is designed to present the very latest in Pre-Raphaelite research to members in a supportive environment. If you are a postgraduate student, early career professional, or an independent scholar we are accepting abstracts.

ADMISSION: £5.00 payable on the door tonight, including free tea and coffee.  Please email nouveaudigital@gmail.com to reserve!

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‘Pre-Raphaelites: Beauty and Rebellion’ Twitter competition winner

Pre-Raphaelites: Beauty and Rebellion runs at the Walker Art Gallery until 5 June

We’re excited to announce our winner of the signed exhibition catalogue from Pre-Raphaelites: Beauty and Rebellion at the Walker Art Gallery! Congratulations to Freya Gowrley (@Freya_Gowrley) recent art history PhD graduate from at Edinburgh University (@EdinburghUni), we hope you enjoy it.

Pre-Raphaelites: Beauty and Rebellion ran at the Walker Art Gallery until 5 June 2016. The catalogue is available to buy online.

National Museums & Galleries on Merseyside (NMGM) is an exempt charity by virtue of Schedule 3 to the Charities Act 2011. National Museums Liverpool, 127 Dale Street, Liverpool, L2 2JH.

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Exhibition visit: ‘Painting with Light’ Art and Photography from the Pre-Raphaelites to the modern age, Tate Britain, 10 September

All Pre-Raphaelite Society members are invited to a gallery visit hosted by the London and Southern group to see ‘Painting with Light’ Art and Photography from the Pre-Raphaelites to the modern age. The visit will take place on Saturday 10th September 2016, at 2p.m at Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG.

Tate Britain presents the first major exhibition to celebrate the spirited conversation between early photography and British art. It brings together photographs and paintings including Pre-Raphaelite, Aesthetic and British impressionist works. Spanning 75 years across the Victorian and Edwardian ages, the exhibition opens with the experimental beginnings of photography in dialogue with painters such as J.M.W. Turner and concludes with its flowering as an independent international art form.

Stunning works by John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, JAM Whistler, John Singer Sargent, John William Waterhouse and others will for the first time be shown alongside ravishing photographs by pivotal early photographers such as Julia Margaret Cameron, which they inspired and which inspired them.

We will meet at the Manton entrance to Tate Britain on Atterbury Street at 1:45pm to distribute tickets for our 2pm slot.

For further details relating to the event mentioned above please email Madeleine Pearce, the London and Southern Group coordinator, nouveaudigital@gmail.com. Sign up leaflets will be available in the next PRS mailing.

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Latest issue of ‘The Review’ out now- Vol. XXIV, No. 1, Spring 2016

The latest edition of ‘The Review’, Vol. XXIV, No. 1, Spring 2016, is now available. Members receive ‘The Review’ for free but copies can also be purchased by non-members. Please email info@Pre‑Raphaelitesociety.org for details.

  1. “‘All Equal Before God’? Christina Rossetti and the War of the Sexes” by Gerald Roberts.
  2. The John Pickard Essay Prize Winner for 2015 “Millais’s Muse” by Kevin Hill.
  3. The John Pickard Essay Prize Runner-up for 2015 “The Gardens in the Paintings of Waterhouse” by Diana Tarlindano.
  4. “Nocturne in Blue” poem by Sarah Doyle.
  5. The Pre-Raphaelite Society Poetry Prize Winner for 2015 “Winter’s Place” by Lavinia Singer.
  6. Announcement: The John Pickard Essay Prize 2016.
  7. Announcement: The Pre-Raphaelite Society Poetry Prize 2016
  8. Enchanted Dreams Student Writing Competition: Critical Writing Winner – Max Price.
  9. Enchanted Dreams Student Writing Competition: Creative Writing Winner – Helena Hoar.
  10. “Exhibition Review: The Enchanted Dreams of E. R. Hughes” by Hannah Comer.
  11. “Book Review Art & Soul: Victorians and the Gothic Exhibition Catalogue by Joanne Parker and Corinna Wagner” by Peter Wise.
  12. “Book Review A Visionary in the West: Albert Goodwin in Devon and Cornwall by Peter Wiseby Aileen Naylor.
  13. “Book Review The Poetics of Sight by John Harvey” by Jorge Contreras.
  14. “Book Review The Nazarenes: Romantic Avant-Garde and the Art of the Concept by Cordelia Grewe” by Nic Peeters.
  15. “Book Review Arts and Crafts Stained Glass by Peter Cormack” by Alison Robertson.
  16. “Book Review Visual Culture in Britain Special Issue: Visualizing Identities” by Mark Jones.
  17. Meeting Reports.
  18. Notes and Queries.

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Editor of the Review of the Pre-Raphaelite Society

Serena Trowbridge will be standing down as Editor at the end of 2016, after a 12-year tenure.

The PRS would like to hear from anyone who might be interested in taking on the role of Editor from the beginning of 2017. The main duties are to produce three issues a year of the Review, collating and editing the material received and, where necessary, soliciting further material; arranging the licensing of images for inclusion; working with the Book Reviews Editor to ensure reviews are received in time for each issue; arranging the layout, and overseeing the printing of each issue. Ideally the Editor would be able to attend the five committee meetings plus the Annual General Meeting held in Birmingham each year. Expenses such as stationery and postage will be reimbursed.

To make an enquiry or to discuss the duties more fully, please contact Serena on 01527 837434 or at serena.trowbridge@bcu.ac.uk.

Applications including curriculum vitae to info@Pre‑Raphaelitesociety.org.

Closing date for applications: 10th September 2016.

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Lecture by Claire Yearwood Munn – ‘Mirrors in Pre-Raphaelite Art’ 23 July

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

This lecture looks at the motif of the convex mirror in Pre-Raphaelite painting and considers how it can contribute to a fresh reading of their works. Although overlooked as a critical element in Pre-Raphaelite imagery, mirrors appear in at least thirty pictures by the original members of the Brotherhood, not including artists from the ‘second wave’ such as Edward Burne-Jones, warranting a reconsideration of the object as a distinguishing mark of the movement. Rather than relegate the mirror to a role of a purely decorative background accessory, Pre-Raphaelite artists such as Holman Hunt and D.G. Rossetti emphasise the mirror within the visual, narrative and symbolic structure of their images. The Pre-Raphaelite use of the mirror constitutes a specific re-presentation of modern life and establishes a visual dialogue between the original members of the PRB and their later followers in spite of seemingly opposing stylistic variations.

Claire is currently finishing her PhD in History of Art at the University of York under supervision by Professor Elizabeth Prettejohn. Her dissertation, entitled The Looking-Glass World: Mirrors in Pre-Raphaelite Painting, 1850-1915, analyses the mirror as a significant Pre-Raphaelite motif that contributes to identifying the movement as an avant-garde response to nineteenth-century modern life through a unique framework of historical iconography and contemporary glass. Claire’s interest in mirrors began in 2006 during research for her MPhil in History of Art and Connoisseurship at Christie’s Education in London. Originally from New
Orleans, she spent several years lecturing in the U.S. before coming across Isobel Armstrong’s book published in 2008, Victorian Glassworlds: Glass Culture and the Imagination 1830-1880, which motivated her to begin exploring mirrors again full-time.

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

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