Although 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: