• Dante Gabriel Rossetti,  Henry Treffry Dunn

    Exploring Rossetti’s Home

    “I was ushered into one of the prettiest and most curiously furnished old-fashioned parlours that I had ever seen. Mirrors and looking-glasses of all shapes, sizes and design lined the walls. Whichever way I looked I saw myself gazing at myself.”–Recollections of Dante Gabriel Rossetti and his circle (Cheyne walk life), Henry Treffry Dunn. Henry Treffry Dunn, who was at…

  • Dante Gabriel Rossetti,  Millais,  myth

    Image of the Week: Autumn Leaves

    Autumn Leaves , Sir John Everett Millais. Models: Millais’ sisters-in-law modeled for two of the girls, the other two were local girls, who also appeared in Millais’ painting The Blind Girl. John Ruskin, who incidentally has previously been married to the artist’s wife Effie Millais, wrote about Autumn Leaves, saying: “by much the most poetical work the artist has yet conceived; and also,…

  • Pre-Raphaelite Poems

    Love and Sleep

    Love and Sleep, by Algernon Charles Swinburne Lying asleep between the strokes of night I saw my love lean over my sad bed, Pale as the duskiest lily’s leaf or head, Smooth-skinned and dark, with bare throat made to bite, Too wan for blushing and too warm for white, But perfect-coloured without white or red. And her lips opened amorously,…