The Bridesmaid

The Bridesmaid, painted by Sir John Everett Millais Although I’ve always found this painting beautiful and striking, I didn’t completely understand it until I read a description of it in Tim Barringer’s Reading the Pre-Raphaelites. To the Victorians, marriage was extremely important. So was tradition. The bridesmaid pictured here is acting out a folk tale…
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Blanche Fury

Over the years, the term Pre-Raphaelite somehow took on a life of its own and no longer refers to just art of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, but a bohemian style of dress or a certain physical type. Usually, when I see a modern woman described as Pre-Raphaelite it refers to her wild and flowing hair. Is it…
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A Halloween #WombatFriday

Inspired by artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s passion for wombats, every Friday is Wombat Friday at Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood. “The Wombat is a Joy, a Triumph, a Delight, a Madness!” ~ Dante Gabriel Rossetti Rossetti has been on my mind for Halloween, which is why I wrote Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the Supernatural.   It’s almost time…
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‘Mariana’, Sir John Everett Millais

When Millais first exhibited this painting at the Royal Academy, he displayed it with these lines of Tennyson: She only said, ‘My life is dreary- He cometh not’ she said She said ‘I am aweary, aweary – I would that I were dead.’ –From Tennyson’s poem Mariana The subject of Mariana was visited twice by…
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Her enchanted hair

And  her enchanted hair was the first gold./And still she sits, young while the earth is old –from Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s sonnet Lady Lilith Lilith appears here with pale skin and clad in a white gown, making her luxurious hair the most vivid thing in the room.  In this painting, Dante Gabriel Rossetti is not…
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Book Review: Reading the Pre-Raphaelites by Tim Barringer

Originally published fifteen years ago, Yale University Press has released a revised edition of Reading the Pre-Raphaelites by Tim Barringer. It is an excellent book for any Pre-Raphaelite enthusiast to have, one I hazard that you will revisit repeatedly.  This edition contains  a new section on photography, which is fitting since Tim Barringer is also a co-author…
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Posts featuring Christina Rossetti: Old and New Year Ditties,  A Diamond or a Coal?,  Goblin Market,  In An Artist’s Studio (poem about her brother and Lizzie Siddal),   An Echo from Willowwood,  Video:  When I am dead, my dearest,  Sleeping At Last,  Remember,   Piteous My Rhyme,  Visitor email/Christina Rossetti’s In The Bleak Midwinter, De…
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Millais’ Silver Pillar

After the previous posts about repeated use of objects in Pre-Raphaelite art (Rossetti and His Baubles and Hair Adornment in Rossetti Paintings),  I have taken to scouring images for props used repeatedly.  One of which is this silver ornament or pillar I’ve seen in both The Bridesmaid and Mariana by Sir John Everett Millais: In…
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Unexpected Pre-Raphaelite Sightings

This page is a work in progress.  If you have a sighting to add, please post a comment or post on the Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood Facebook page, send me a tweet on twitter to @beguilingmerlin, or email stephaniepina@lizziesiddal.com. I love Inspector Morse mysteries.  If you are not familiar with them, it was a wonderful a television…
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