About the PRS

Since 1849 the Pre-Raphaelite Movement has coloured and influenced the appreciation of art, not only in its British birthplace but throughout the world. The three great founding artists – Millais, Rossetti and Holman-Hunt – possessed between them, the over-powering enthusiasm of youth, a brilliance of technique, a dedication to a romantic ideal and the pursuit of the true principles of art.

But the enduring visual image of Pre-Raphaelitism was forged by Birmingham’s native son, Sir Edward Burne-Jones. Greatest of the followers, he became a leader in his turn, and it is in his paintings and dpandorarawings, his designs for tapestries and stained glass, that the world recognises Pre-Raphaelite art without hesitation for what it is – a mode of thought and a style of work resting on definable and justified foundations.

Because of this it is appropriate that the Pre-Raphaelite Society should have been founded in Birmingham, where the Museum and Art Gallery contains the unrivalled collection of his work. Without Burne-Jones, the Pre-Raphaelite Movement would have been a phenomenon not a continuity. His friendship and close association with William Morris ensured the permanence of the Pre-Raphaelite style through his link with the Arts and Crafts Movement, carrying their united spirit on into the twentieth century.

The Pre-Raphaelite Society is dedicated to the celebration of the mood and style of art which Ruskin recognised and preserved by his writings, and to the observation of its wide-ranging influence. In co-operation with societies of similar aims world-wide, it seeks to commemorate Pre-Raphaelite ideals by means of meetings, conferences, discussions, publications and correspondence, and to draw attention to significant scholastic work in this field. First and foremost, however, it is a society in which individuals can come together to enjoy the images and explore the personalities of the Pre-Raphaelites and their followers through the medium of fine art, the appreciation of good design and the excellence of the traditional arts.

Written for the Society by the late Anthony Hobson – author of J W Waterhouse.

3 responses to “About the PRS

  1. Mel Price

    I have the last printed book written by William Holman Hunt about the murals painted in the Oxford Union Society. There were only 300 printed and mine is number 300. Is it worth keeping or selling?

    • Tim McGee

      For a Pre-Raphaelite devotee, I would say keep it… but it is a
      rather rare (and costly) item; some copies are being sold for
      around $300.

  2. Dear PRS,

    I came across your brilliant website, and wondered if these videos of actors performing some of Christina Rossetti’s poems would interest you?



    They’re created by us, Live Canon: we’re an ensemble who perform poetry (from memory) at theatres, festivals and events throughout the UK; record poetry for radio and CDs; create poetry installations and digital projects; publish poetry; and work with young people to create, explore and enjoy poems. You can find out more about us here: http://www.livecanon.co.uk/

    We really hope you enjoy watching them, and if you do it would be absolutely amazing if you could spread the word to your followers!

    Best wishes,

    Helen Eastman
    Live Canon Founder

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