AGM and Lecture: Dr. Dinah Roe ‘A Special Relationship: The Rossetti Family and The United States of America’

Our AGM and Founder’s Day Lecture on 24 October features Dr. Dinah Roe. Her lecture is entitled ‘A Special Relationship: The Rossetti Family and The United States of America’.

Venue: Birmingham and Midland Institute, Margaret Street, Birmingham – AGM starts at 10.30 a.m. – Lecture starts at 12.00 p.m.

Closely examining politics, pictures and the odd ‘American’ cousin. This illustrated lecture will explore the Rossettis’s ever‑changing relationship with the United States from the 1830s to the present day. Drawing on letters, diary entries and literary works, this talk will consider the (sometimes tormented) interactions and surprising connections between this Anglo‑Italian clan and a burgeoning nation.

Dr Dinah Roe’s research interests include Victorian poetry and art, Pre‑Raphaelitism and life writing. Recent publications are The Pre‑Raphaelites: From Rossetti to Ruskin, an anthology of Pre‑Raphaelite poetry (Penguin Classics, 2010), and The Rossettis In Wonderland, a biography of the Rossetti family (Haus, 2011). She has been a Senior Lecturer in nineteenth‑century literature at Oxford Brookes University since September 2012.

Please email info@Pre‑ for details.

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Our ’15 for 12′ membership offer begins!

From October 1st there is a special offer for new members who join before December 31st. You can buy the equivalent of 15 months membership for the cost of 12 months. You’ll receive numerous benefits including the Review and PRSUS Newsletter, special book offers, details of Society lectures in Birmingham and visits across the UK, and free inclusion in our regional groups.

Our newest regional group, based in London, accommodates members in London and the South of England. The group is a chance for members to gather in a relaxed and casual atmosphere to socialize and enjoy activities such a pub meets, a quarterly book club, local visits to museums and galleries, walks, and tours of Pre-Raphaelite landmarks.

Fees start at only £13 for consessions and £16 for individuals, with further discounts for standing orders. We also now accept Paypal!

For further details, please visit our membership page or email us info@Pre‑

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We’re celebrating 6k members on our Facebook group!

Come join us on Facebook for Pre-Raphaelite discussion, beautiful artwork and the latest Society events news.

PreRaphs 6000 members

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September 18, 2015 · 10:29 am

Event: Open House London this weekend at SPAB

SPAB headquarters, number 37 Spital Square, will be opening its doors this autumn for Open House London which takes place on Saturday 19 September. Pre-Raphaelite Society members will be interested in the numerous William Morris connections and original Morris & Co. furniture.

Take this rare opportunity to visit the only Georgian building left on Spital Square, try your hand at traditional stone carving, see some of our archives on display and chat with our gardener. Our technical team will also be on hand to help you with your old building queries. The ground floor and first floor as well as the courtyard garden will be open to visitors from 10am-5pm (last entry at 4.30pm) on Saturday 19 September.

Open House was started in 1992 as a small, not-for-profit organisation to promote public awareness and appreciation of the capital’s building design and architecture. The event runs 19-20 September 2015 and there will be over 800 buildings, neighbourhood walks, architects’ talks, and much more available to you.

Please note that we have no facilities available or wheelchair access – there are steps up to the building and into the garden.

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London and Southern Group Book Club: Book voting list for 2016

The London and Southern Group Book Club invites all PRS members to contribute to our book list. Each meeting, members vote for their favourite books from the list, to determine the book for the next club meeting. All PRS members are welcome to attend the books club meetings, which are held on evenings and weekends throughout the year in central London.

We encourage you to email Madeleine, the London and Southern Group coordinator, at with your favourite Pre-Raphaelite fiction and non-fiction works before December 31st.

This year’s books were Stunner: The Fall and Rise of Fanny Cornforth by Kirsty Stonell Walker, Rossetti’s Wombat: Pre-Raphaelites and Australian Animals in Victorian London by John Simons, and A Circle of Sisters by Judith Flanders (meeting to be held October 1st).

Our current list is below, with Amazon links:

Violet: The Story of the Irrepressible Violet Hunt and Her Circle by Barbara Belford
The Legend of Elizabeth Siddal by Jan Marsh
Possession by A. S. Byatt
Mortal Love by Elizabeth Hand
Hide Me Among the Graves by Tim Powers
Desperate Romantics: The Private Lives Of The Pre Raphaelites by Franny Moyle
Pre-Raphaelites in Love by Gay Daly
Lizzie Siddal by Lucinda Hawksley
The Dreaming Damozel by Mollie Hardwick
Sleep, Pale Sister by Joanne Harris
The Stones of Venice by John Ruskin
Ivy by Julie Hearn
Pre-Raphaelites at Home by Pamela Todd
Effie: The Passionate Lives of Effie Gray, John Ruskin and John Everett Millais by Suzanne Fagence Cooper
Angel with Bright Hair by Paula Batchelor
Victorian Poetry: Poetry, Poets and Politics by Isobel Armstrong
The Pre-Raphaelites: From Rossetti to Ruskin by Dinah Roe
The Rossettis in Wonderland by Dinah Roe
My Grandfather, His Wives and Loves by Diana Holman-Hunt
The Renaissance Studies in Art and Poetry by Walter Pater
Into The Frame: The Four Loves of Ford Madox Brown by Angela Thirlwell
A Pre-Raphaelite Journey: The Art of Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale by Pamela Gerrish Nunn

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Book club: Judith Flanders’s ‘Circle of Sisters’ October 1st

The third London and Southern book club meeting will be at 7pm on Thursday the 1st of October. We will be reading Judith Flanders’s ‘A Circle of Sisters: Alice Kipling, Georgiana Burne-Jones, Agnes Poynter, and Louisa Baldwin’, available from Amazon.

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 September 20th 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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Exhibition: ‘Industrious but Eccentric’: Algernon Charles Swinburne at Balliol

‘Industrious but Eccentric’: Algernon Charles Swinburne at Balliol
12 & 13 September 2015, 12.00-4.00pm
Balliol Historic Collections Centre, St Cross Church, Manor Road, Oxford OX1 3UH

Algernon Charles Swinburne may not be a household name today, but in the past he was infamous for his shockingly republican and sexual poetry, was introduced to children as a standard author at school, and was so highly regarded by his fellow writers that he was repeatedly nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature. This exhibition uses manuscripts, archives, printed books, and artworks from Balliol College’s collections to demonstrate the influence of his student days and the friends he made. He met the Pre-Raphaelites while they painted the Oxford Union mural, and the lifelong friendships he formed with the Rossetti brothers, Holman-Hunt, and Morris are all explored. One of the centrepieces will be the pairing of William Bell Scott’s portrait of Swinburne with the poem Swinburne wrote ‘To William Bell Scott’, as well as the Kelmscott Press edition of Swinburne’s masterpiece, ‘Atalanta in Calydon’.

Admission free. Illustrated exhibition guide, £4.50.
All enquiries to

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