A Sanctuary for Sisterhood

In 1848, a group of idealistic young British artists formed the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Contrary to what their moniker implied, the lives and works of the Pre-Raphaelites were indelibly shaped and formed by the women in their circle.

The PreRaphaeliteSisterhood.com site aims to elevate and discuss female Pre-Raphaelite painters, poets, and models and the world they lived in. Join us on a rollicking ride and an ebullient exploration of 19th century art – and what it reveals about our culture today.

Everyone is welcome here. If you are curious about the women of the Pre-Raphaelite era, please consider yourself part of our present-day Pre-Raphaelite sisterhood!

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Recent Posts

The Clue in the Old Book

For Christmas, my husband surprised me with a nearly pristine 1905 first edition set of William Holman Hunt’s Pre-Raphaelitism and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. This is what …
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The Pre-Raphaelite Recipe

Pre-Raphaelite art is known for its exquisite luminosity – but how was this effect achieved? Why was it so radical at the time? The Status …
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Birth of the Brotherhood

Mid-Victorian London, 1848: twenty-year old Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Holman Hunt, 21, and John Everett Millais, 19, bond over their artistic passions and their shared …
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Pre-Raphaelite Girl Gang

I’ve amassed quite a collection of Pre-Raphaelite books over the years and the addition of Pre-Raphaelite Girl Gang to my shelves adds something alive. It buzzes …
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Balancing on the Bridge

We carry an entire world in our pocket that allows us to search for information without opening a reference book. I can write you a quick …
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What Grows from Grief

William Holman Hunt’s painting Isabella and the Pot of Basil captivates. It’s a painting that is difficult to walk away from when you see it in …
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Aesthetic Vampirism

Literature is filled with fictional portraits. Visual art and the written word can intertwine in glorious ways. Dorian Gray’s mysteriously aging painting springs to mind and …
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Victorian Murder

In 1857, a twenty-two-year-old woman stood trial in Glasgow for murdering her former lover. It was the cause célèbre of the day and artist Dante …
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