• Joanna Boyce Wells,  Paintings

    Joanna Boyce: Elgiva

    Reading about the lives of women artists in any time period can be frustrating.  Their biographies are almost always peppered with obstacles that their male counterparts don’t seem to face. So, it is rare and wonderful to read that Joanna Boyce’s first exhibited painting was not only well received, but was praised by critic John Ruskin and artist Ford Madox…

  • Elizabeth Siddal

    Pippa Passes

    Elizabeth Siddal, discovered in a millinery shop, was not content to be merely an artist’s model.  She could have been satisfied with her role as the lofty muse to Dante Gabriel Rossetti, but instead chose to pursue inspirations and desires of her own. In an era where women were not encouraged to achieve anything other than a good marriage, Lizzie…

  • Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale

    Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale

    Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale (1871-1945) was born years after the original members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood had gone their separate ways.   It is obvious when looking at her work that what we now consider the “Pre-Raphaelite style” had a great influence on her.   Like many of the Pre-Raphaelites,  her subjects were shown in a Medieval style of dress.  The flora and…