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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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Ford Madox Brown’s Grave

The PRS has received the following email, which might be of interest:

I live near the cemetery in north London (originally called St Pancras Cemetery but now managed entirely by Islington) where Ford Madox Brown and several of his family are buried.

The headstone is barely visible through the surrounding trees and
undergrowth. It leans forward perilously, pushed by a tree. I, and a few
other neighbours, have been aware of this shamefully neglected grave for more than a decade and have tried to alert the cemetery authorities, English Heritage and the Victorian Society, but to no avail. There is no Friends group for this old cemetery (consecrated in 1854) to take up the cause.

I wonder if any of your members/readers can help in any way? Are there no descendants who would take responsibility for the grave of their distinguished forbear? Would Art historians who specialise in Madox Brown and his period feel any interest or concern?

With huge sums changing hands in the international art market it is possible to imagine, in an ideal world, a fund being established and receiving donations in order to restore the neglected graves of our very best artists.

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