Reviews of Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde

At the Pre-Raphaelite Society we are all very excited about the major new exhibition at the Tate. Reviews are generally fairly positive (although of course not everyone has a taste for Pre-Raphaelitism!), so here are a few reviews to whet your appetite if you haven’t booked your visit yet! This is, of course, just a small selection of the reviews that are available on the web – if you come across another one you think people should read, please comment and include a link to it.


The Kissed Mouth (Kirsty Stonell Walker)

Endymion at Night (Robert Parry)

Jan Marsh

Verity Holloway

Culture and Anarchy (Serena Trowbridge)

Making a Mark (Katherine Tyrrell)


The Guardian

The Independent

The Telegraph

The Evening Standard


One Stop Arts

The Arts Desk

The Upcoming





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4 responses to “Reviews of Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde

  1. Nic Peeters

    I visited Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde the day before yesterday. Of course, I enjoyed seeing all those old favourites, although I’d expected a bit more of an ‘avant-garde’ approach from the curators. They could have been more creative with this very potential subject. Unlike Colin Cruise who devised a sparkling, inventive exhibition with Pre-Raphaelites: The Poetry of Drawing in Birmingham, the curators of this show have sadly opted for a predictable Greatest Hits angle. And why was there so little work by women artists? Was it really that difficult to borrow e.g. Emma Sandys’s Pleasant Dreams from the Dundee University Art Gallery? This exhibition is partly a missed opportunity, but nevertheless I took pleasure in seeing all those ‘old friends’ in the flesh again.

    • Serena Trowbridge

      Hi Nic, thanks for your comments – I think many people agree with your comments. Still, as you say, it’s good to see so many old favourites!

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  3. This is rather belated and of course the exhibition is over…but you might be interested in my comments on it in this blog post on my poetry/poets-related blog:

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