#WombatFriday Weekly Update

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

The Pre-Raphaelite Society is celebrating 6k members in their Facebook group.  I’m proud to be a member of both the Facebook group and the Society and would love for you to join us. Membership details of the Pre-Raphaelite Society can be found here. 

This week, I reviewed Ophelia’s Muse, a new book about the romance of Elizabeth Siddal and Dante Gabriel Rossetti by Rita Cameron.

I also posted a drawing of Charles Dickens shortly after death by Sir John Everett Millais.

This week marked the anniversary of Dante Alighieri’s death 694 years ago. On the Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood Facebook page, I shared Dante inspired posts from the archives: Shades of Dante, about Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s works inspired by the great Italian poet, and The Unrequited Love of Dante and Beatrice. 

Kirsty Stonell Walker wrote a personal and powerful post on the power of women to transform themselves: Desperation to Transformation. 

Read Kirsty’s review of Red: A Natural History of the Redhead.


Self portrait of Elizabeth Siddal
Self portrait of Elizabeth Siddal



It was very exciting to see The Guardian feature Elizabeth Siddal’s poem Dead Love as the poem of the week.  It’s a well written piece about Siddal and it also provided a couple of links to my site LizzieSiddal.com, which I appreciate very much.


Jazzabelle’s diary shares a trip to Kelmscott Manor and William Morris inspired fashion. 



leightonFrom Leighton House Museum:  London Fashion Week kicks off tomorrow and to mark the occasion we have teamed up with Editor-in-Chief of The Protagonist Magazine, internationally acclaimed British fashion photographer, Ram Shergill, who has picked 5 of his favourite paintings by Leighton and married them to some of his finest works.Follow us on Facebook & Twitter during ?#?LFW? (Friday 18 – Tuesday 22 September) for daily posts by Ram showcasing Leighton’s pictures as you have never imagined before.

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