Forthcoming Pre-Raphaelite Society events for 2010

Our schedule for 2010 includes:

 13 February 2010

Victorian and Edwardian Sculpture in the Birmingham Collection

Brendan Flynn – Curator of Fine Art at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery – will trace the origin and rise of “New Sculpture” in 19th century Britain through the work of Gilbert, Leighton, Drury, Thorneycroft and many others, offering a fascinating insight into the Victorian imagination.

13 March 2010

The Painting Lives of Marianne and Adrian Stokes *

Magdalen Evans – freelance exhibition organizer and art researcher – will examine the work of a notable husband-and-wife painting team prominent in the Cornish art scene from the late 1800s to the early nineteenth century, and how the couple would have been influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites.

10 April 2010

Into the Frame: The Four Loves of Ford Madox Brown *

Angela Thirlwell – author of the newly published work ‘Into the Frame’ – will give illustrated readings from her book which gives a vivid account of the public art and private demons of Ford Madox Brown, explored through the prisms of the four central women in his life. Copies of Angela’s new title will be on sale at the event.

01 May 2010

Visit to The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston to see the exhibition: Objects of Affection: Pre-Raphaelite Portraits by John Brett

This exhibition will focus on Brett’s highly accomplished but little known oeuvre of portraits with works that have rarely been seen in public.

22 May 2010

John Ruskin’s Shropshire Lad – Osborne Gordon – and the Pre-Raphaelite Movement *

Cynthia Gamble – visiting Fellow of The Ruskin Library and Research Centre – will trace the trajectory of Osborne Gordon, from schoolboy at Bridgnorth School to lifelong friend of John Ruskin. Gordon became rector of a country church situated at Easthampstead, Berkshire, and in overseeing its renovation, began an association with artists and craftsmen, including Burne-Jones and William Morris.

26 June 2010

Day School, organized in collaboration with the University of Birmingham – Pre-Raphaelite Art and Literature: Connections and Infuences

This major event will explore the links between the PRB and the literature of the nineteenth century – our speakers will include Barrie Bullen, John Holmes, Franny Moyle, Leonee Ormond and Tony Pinkney.

17 July 2010

The Pre-Raphaelites and The Old Masters *

Leonee Ormond – Professor Emerita of Victorian Studies at King’s College, University of London – will seek to explore the way in which the PRB drew inspiration from old master painting, the work of the Italian ‘primitives’ and early Flemish artists, shown at the National Gallery and in public collections on the continent.

 21 August 2010

A ‘Magical House’ by the River: William Morris and his Hammersmith Home *

Helen Elletson – curator of the William Morris Society and Kelmscott House Museum – will tell the story of the “most beautiful house in London” bought by Morris in 1879, and the inspiration it provided to Morris during some of his most productive years.

8 September 2010

Pre-Raphaelite Drawing: Contexts and Controversies *

Colin Cruise – research lecturer at Aberystwyth University and curator of the forthcoming exhibition devoted to Pre-Raphaelite drawings at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery – will look at the variety of ways in which drawing was a key issue for the young members of the PRB and how it remained controversial throughout the development of Pre-Raphaelitism.  

09 October 2010

Visit to the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford to see the exhibition ‘The Pre-Raphaelites and the Italian Dream’

This major exhibition will, for the first time, explore the PRB’s interest in Italian literature and landscape.

23 October 2010

Founder’s Day Lecture by Julian Treuherz *

Well known writer, art historian and exhibition curator – Julian Treuherz, will speak on the development of the collection of Pre-Raphaelite works purchased by George Rae – a wealthy banker from Birkenhead – and his relationship with prominent members of the PRB.

 13 November 2010

Visit to Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery to see the exhibition ‘The Poetry of Drawing: Pre-Raphaelite designs, studies and watercolours’

This exhibition will provide the opportunity to view a number of PRB’s works drawn from the museums outstanding Pre-Raphaelite collection.

 04 December 2010

Visit to Wightwick Manor, Wolverhampton

The Society returns to Wightwick Manor – an outstanding example of an Arts and Crafts home, owned by the National Trust – the house is beautifully decorated for Christmas at this time of year.


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