Review: The Mystery of Princess Louise

Lucinda Hawksley, undeterred by lack of access to certain archives,  has written a riveting account of Princess Louise.   Known as Queen Victoria’s rebellious daughter,  Louise was forward-thinking, artistic and outspoken. Ahead of her time,  Princess Louise proves herself to be a strong and independent woman in spite of her royal constraints. “She is very…
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A few notes

There are several things I’d like to share with you today: I’ve been reading some of Rossetti’s notes in The Collected Works of Dante Gabriel Rossetti and I like this insight on his opinion of color: Thinking in what order I love colours, found the following:– 1. Pure light warm green. 2. Deep gold-colour. 3….
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Kate Dickens Perugini

  Kate Dickens Perugini, daughter of Charles Dickens, served as the model for The Black Brunswicker .  The Lady Lever Art Gallery has an extended study of this painting online. Kate, one of the ten children of Dickens, married Pre-Raphaelite artist Charles Allston Collins.  Collins’ brother, Wilkie Collins, was the author of The Moonstone and The…
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Lucinda Hawksley Interview

I recently had the honor of interviewing author Lucinda Hawksley.  Hawksley has penned several books, most notably a biography of Elizabeth Siddal and one on Hawksley’s own relative Kate Perugini, daughter of Charles Dickens.  Lucinda Hawksley is the great-great-great-grandaughter of Charles Dickens.  Read the interview at LizzieSiddal.com

Elizabeth Siddal: Ultimate Pre-Raphaelite Beauty

In the twenty-first century, even those who do not know Lizzie Siddal’s name will recognize her face: she is Millais’s doomed Ophelia and Rossetti’s beatified Beatrice in two of the nineteenth century’s most famous paintings. As Lucinda Hawksley explores in Lizzie Siddal, Face of the Pre-Raphaelites, Siddal’s fame was a remarkable phenomenon: in a time…
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