Call for papers: London and Southern Group 2016 Lecture Series

The London and Southern Group would like to thank everyone who showed up for our first lecture, ‘Mirrors in Pre-Raphaelite Painting’ by Claire Yearwood Munn.

The 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 for our 2016 programme.

Please reply before October 16th with a 100-200 word abstract and a short CV or covering letter.

For further details please email nouveaudigital@gmail.com.

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Visit: BMAG exhibition ‘Enchanted Dreams: The Pre‑Raphaelite Art of Edward Robert Hughes’ November 14th

Visit to Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery to see the exhibition ‘Enchanted Dreams: The Pre‑Raphaelite Art of Edward Robert Hughes’

Birmingham Museums Trust is world famous for its collection of works by the Pre‑Raphaelite Brotherhood and their followers. This exhibition will reveal a fascinating but lesser known Pre‑Raphaelite artist: Edward Robert Hughes (1851‑1914), who painted Birmingham Museums’s most popular watercolour Night with her Train of Stars (1912).

Nephew of the painter Arthur Hughes, model to Dante Gabriel Rossetti and studio assistant to Holman Hunt, ER Hughes lived and worked at the heart of the Pre‑Raphaelite circle. The watercolours he exhibited in London just before the First World War — such as the fairy vision of Midsummer Eve (1908) — are among the most familiar and often reproduced images in British art. Yet surprisingly Hughes himself has often been overlooked and his name is little known.

Enchanted Dreams will be the first exhibition ever dedicated to Hughes and his work. It will bring together paintings, drawings and watercolours from public and private collections in the UK and overseas, many of them unseen in the hundred years since the artist’s death. The exhibition will feature Hughes’s delightful child portraiture and exquisite chalk drawings as well as the magical late ‘blue pictures’ such as Night with her Train of Stars which have become famous and loved worldwide.

Please email info@Pre‑Raphaelitesociety.org for details.

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Visit to the Houses of Parliament, London 12th September

Our trip takes us to The Palace of Westminster, more commonly known as The Houses of Parliament, situated on the banks of the River Thames. The current building was constructed after fire ravaged the old Palace in 1834. A competition was held to find the architect to create the new Palace of Westminster, it was won by the architect Charles Barry. His designs for the new Palace were in the Gothic Revival style and he was assisted by Augustus W. N. Pugin, the leading authority on the Gothic style, who provided the designs for the decorations and furnishings.

The Palace of Westminster has been a Grade 1 listed building since 1970 and a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1987. Our visit will be a guided tour by an expert Blue Badge guide, showing us the House of Lords, House of Commons and the wealth of history, architectural and decorative detail in this magnificent building.

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

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Latest issue of ‘The Review’ out now- Vol. XXIII, No. 1, Spring 2015

The latest edition of ‘The Review’, Vol. XXIII, No. 1, Spring 2015, is now available. This issue showcases the John Pickard Essay Prize Winner, book reviews and poetry. Members receive ‘The Review’ for free but copies can also be purchased by non-members. Please email info@Pre‑Raphaelitesociety.org for details.

1. John Pickard Essay Prize Winner: “Talking that Talk: negatively speaking” by Zaynub Zaman.
2. John Pickard Essay Prize Winner Runner Up: “Famous Men and Fair Women” by Tony Presland.
3. Pre-Raphaelite Society Poetry Prize Winners:

First Place: “From the Memoir of Georgiana Burne-Jones” by Shelley Roche-Jacques.
Second Place: “The Question of Shalott” by Valerie Meachum.
Third Place: “Beautiful Garden” by Sally Flint.
Poet-in-Residence’s Commendation: “Beata Beatrix” by David Webb.

4. “Book Review Art for the Nation by Susan Avery-Quash & Julie Sheldon” by Simon Cooke.
5. “Book Review Ellen Terry: The Painter’s Actress by Veronica Franklin Gould & Keremi Gawade” by Katja Robinson.
6. “Book Review Edward Burne-Jones’ Mythical Paintings: The Pygmalion of the Pre-Raphaelite Painters by Liana de Girolami Cheney” by Amelia Yeates.
7. “Book Review William Morris: Words & Wisdom” by Nic Peeters.
8. “Book Review Anarchy & Beauty: William Morris and His Legacy 1860-1960 Exhibition Catalogue by Fiona MacCarthy” by Stephen G. Maddison.
9. “Book Reviews Women in Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s Arthurian Renditions (1854-1867) by Jose Maria Villar and Obsession: Images of Jane Morris by Jan Marsh” by Nic Peeters.
10. “Book Review A Curl of Copper and Pearl by Kirsty Stonell Walker” by Serena Trowbridge.
11. “Exhibition Review A Victorian Obsession: The Perez Simon Collection at Leighton House” by Madeleine Pearce.
12. Meeting Reports.
13. Notes and Queries.

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Lecture by Nigel Daly – ‘The Secret Life and Loves of Robert Bateman’ July 11

Venue: Birmingham & Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street, Birmingham – Lecture starts at 11.00 a.m.
Nigel Daly’s lecture looks at how he found out about Robert Bateman, through his work restoring his former home, Biddulph Old Hall. After finding that little was known about Bateman, he decided to follow the trail through his paintings. Bateman’s story is almost lost except for the roughest outlines, but he used his paintings as an autobiographical codebook to describe the loves and losses of his life, displaying them in plain sight, leaving a careful trail for future generations to follow. We have decoded his paintings and pieced together a fascinating and compelling narrative of Bateman’s life, and placed him back at the centre of his group of second generation Pre‑Raphaelite artists who exhibited at the Dudley and Grosvenor galleries. This talk is illustrated with images from his homes, his art and his sculpture to deliver a rounded picture of a talented but overlooked artist, who, with his wife are amongst the great romantic figures of the 19th century.

Nigel Daly trained as an actor at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art before moving on to write scripts for film, TV and radio. He formed an Architectural Design practice in 1985, specialising in the restoration of period properties, their interiors and gardens. He won the Grand Designs Restoration Award for his work on Bletchley Manor in Shropshire in 2008. He has written for, and been featured in House and Garden, Homes and Gardens, Period House and Country Living magazines. He and his partner Brian Vowles have been described by Janet Street‑Porter as The Super‑Heroes of the Restoration World. They are currently restoring Robert Bateman’s old home, Biddulph Old Hall in Staffordshire.

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

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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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