Lecture by Julia Dudkiewicz – ‘Dante Gabriel Rossetti at Kelmscott Manor’ 25 June

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

Kelmscott Manor is remembered today mainly as the country home of William Morris. The house was, however, originally rented by Morris and Rossetti, who took out a joint lease in 1871. Rossetti spent two years (24 September 1872 – 11 July 1874) in permanent residence at Kelmscott, following an initial three-month stay in 1871 (11 July – 8 October). During this time he occupied the Bachelor’s Bedroom and the adjoining Tapestry Room, which doubled as his sitting room and studio. The house saw the creation of some of his best-known pictures. Rossetti also made a mark on the decorative scheme of Kelmscott, as he filled the rooms with an avant-garde mixture of antique furniture, decorative objects and Old Masters. The lecture will examine Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s association with Kelmscott Manor by looking at his only known painting depicting the interior of the house, The Marigolds (1874, oil on panel, Nottingham City Museums and Galleries) and a number of his personal possessions left behind at Kelmscott.

Julia Dudkiewicz is a Courtauld-trained art historian and curator (The Headley Trust scholarship) with a specialism in 19th-century British art and cultural history. Julia is currently pursuing a PhD, supported by a Central Saint Martins College research grant, looking at Kelmscott Manor as an influential resort of Victorian artists, including major cultural figures such as Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Her most recent curatorial appointment was as Principal Curator of Guildhall Art Gallery, City of London, where she designed the Victorian rehang, launched in January 2015, in recognition of which she was awarded the Freedom of the City of London. Previous roles have included Collections Manager of the Society of Antiquaries of London (2008-2013) with responsibility for the art collections at Kelmscott Manor and Burlington House, Assistant Curator of Watts Gallery in Surrey (2003-2008), and Honorary Curator of Aldourie Castle (2009-2011). Julia has published widely on Victorian art.

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

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