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#PRBDay Results

tumblr_mdvsjhjM8T1rbyvgco1_500Although this post is rather delayed, due to my attendance at the marvellous Pre-Raphaelite conference in Oxford last weekend, I thought a summary of the results of the #PRBDay vote on twitter might be in order. The voting went on all day, with many enjoyable virtual chats, and also enhanced by two new poems from our poet-in-residence, Sarah Doyle. The first was ‘On Top’, a fabulous wombat-related poem, while the second celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Pre-Raphaelite Society.

After counting the votes, the results were as follows:

First place: Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Beata Beatrix

Joint second place: Proserpine and Lady Lilith (Rossetti), Holman Hunt, The Lady of Shalott, and Elizabeth Siddal’s self-portrait.

Joint third place: Work by Ford Madox Brown, The Death of Chatterton by Henry Wallis, The Soul of the Rose by JW Waterhouse, Bocca Bacciata by Rossetti, and the newly discovered Red House Genesis.

The votes were spread across 59 paintings by 15 painters. Rossetti was the most popular painter, followed by Millais and then Holman Hunt. This was the same as last year but with votes for different paintings. In fact, last year’s winner, Millais’s Ophelia, received few votes.

There were more votes for women than last year, but still only 3! (Elizabeth Siddal, Julia Margaret Cameron and Evelyn de Morgan).

Many lovely Pre-Raphaelite bloggers joined in the celebrations, and you can read their posts here:

http://endymion-at-night.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/from-cinderella-to-stunner-thoughts-on.html
http://verityholloway.com/?p=3513
http://fannycornforth.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/your-favourite-fanny.html
http://cultureandanarchy.wordpress.com/2013/09/06/celebrating-25-years-of-the-pre-raphaelite-society/      http://artisticdress.wordpress.com/2013/09/08/a-fashionable-hunt/

 

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#PRBDay celebrates the Pre-Raphaelites!

The Pre-Raphaelite Society has taken to social media, with a blog, facebook page and a twitter account in addition to our website. Our twitter account has a growing number of followers (448 at last count), including some organisations such as art galleries and other societies, and academics, writers, art historians, curators as well as interested members of the public and members of the PRS. So I decided to go one step further, and celebrate the founding of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood on twitter, using the hashtag #PRBDay. I asked people to vote for their favourite painting on Saturday 8th September, and all day I registered the votes whilst tweeting facts, quotes and links about the PRB. I wasn’t sure how it would work out, or how many people would participate, but I was pleasantly surprised. Our followers retweeted the announcements, and thoroughly joined in. We had fantastic support from BMAG and Tate, Manchester Art Gallery and the Journal of Victorian Culture, among others; the Tate even wrote a blog post to celebrate!

Other blogs and websites joined in and you can read their posts about #PRBDay here: Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood; Verity Holloway; Artistic Dress; The Kissed Mouth (please let me know if there are any I’ve missed!) We posted a new poem by our poet-in-residence, Sarah Doyle, onto our website. All day, alongside the voting, I tweeted links, facts and quotes of Pre-Raphaelite interest, and enjoyed the conversation. We had book recommendations, links to Pre-Raphaelite pictures and also to people’s original art; we also asked which paintings people didn’t like: nominations included Sandys’s Medea, Millais’s The Awakening Conscience and Hunt’s The Scapegoat. (Quote of the day here must go to Stephanie Piña: ‘I feel as if the goat is summing me up and does not like what he sees’.)

I’m amazed and delighted by how much support the PRS got, and can’t thank enough those people who joined in, retweeted, voted and helped to make #PRBDay a success. We had 159 votes spread across 63 paintings. Of course, what everyone wanted to know was: which painting won? The answer is … in third place, Waterhouse’s The Lady of Shalott; in second place, Rossetti’s Beata Beatrix, and in first place, Millais’s Ophelia (the Tate’s bestselling postcard). Interestingly, though, in terms of the votes received by individual artists, Rossetti was way ahead, followed at a distance by Millais and then Waterhouse. So of the top three, two featured Elizabeth Siddal – and all three a woman with red hair. (The top paintings are rather different from the ones chosen by Stephen Wildman in the Guardian a couple of years ago).

A huge range of paintings were voted for, so I have done a list of the top 10, plus a graph of the most popular artists. A complete list of all the paintings voted for, together with all the tweets using the #PRBDay hashtag (it’s quite long!) will be posted on the PRS website (sorry, can’t append it to a blog post). More than anything, this long list of paintings, plus the enthusiasm of the voters, shows the popularity of the PRB and the number of paintings which are still really popular today. Disappointingly, though, there was only one vote for a female artist (Elizabeth Siddal). If you have a desire for further information on the votes, statistics etc, please comment and I will do my best to answer your question!

The top 20 paintings voted for were, in order:

  1. Ophelia
  2. Beata Beatrix
  3. Lady of Shalott
  4. Proserpine
  5. Beguiling of Merlin
  6. Work
  7. Astarte Syriaca
  8. Mariana
  9. Lady of Shalott
  10. April Love
  11. Chatterton
  12. Ophelia
  13. Last of England
  14. Isabella and the Pot of Basil
  15. Rossetti Portrait by Hunt
  16. Blessed Damozel
  17. Hireling Shepherd
  18. La Ghirlandata
  19. Long Engagement
  20. Golden Stairs

In terms of votes per artist, the results were:

  1. DGR
  2. Millais
  3. Waterhouse
  4. Hunt
  5. EBJ
  6. FMB
  7. Hughes
  8. Wallis
  9. Brett
  10. Collier

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