A Sanctuary for Sisterhood

In 1848, a group of idealistic young British artists formed the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Contrary to what their moniker implied, the lives and works of the Pre-Raphaelites were indelibly shaped and formed by the women in their circle.

The PreRaphaeliteSisterhood.com site aims to elevate and discuss female Pre-Raphaelite painters, poets, and models and the world they lived in. Join us on a rollicking ride and an ebullient exploration of 19th century art – and what it reveals about our culture today.

Everyone is welcome here. If you are curious about the women of the Pre-Raphaelite era, please consider yourself part of our present-day Pre-Raphaelite sisterhood!

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Women in the Pre-Raphaelite Circle offers an overview of key figures.

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Recent Posts

We are the Earth

“Go to nature in all singleness of heart… rejecting nothing, selecting nothing and scorning nothing; believing all things to be right and good, and rejoicing …
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Maria Zambaco, Cupid and Psyche, Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Majestic Maria

The saga of Maria Zambaco is one of the most melodramatic in Pre-Raphaelite lore, which is remarkable given the abundance of tumult that surrounded the …
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The Clue in the Old Book

For Christmas, my husband surprised me with a nearly pristine 1905 first edition set of William Holman Hunt’s Pre-Raphaelitism and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. This is what …
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Pre-Raphaelite Girl Gang

I’ve amassed quite a collection of Pre-Raphaelite books over the years and the addition of Pre-Raphaelite Girl Gang to my shelves adds something alive. It buzzes …
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Balancing on the Bridge

We carry an entire world in our pocket that allows us to search for information without opening a reference book. I can write you a quick …
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What Grows from Grief

William Holman Hunt’s painting Isabella and the Pot of Basil captivates. It’s a painting that is difficult to walk away from when you see it in …
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Aesthetic Vampirism

Literature is filled with fictional portraits. Visual art and the written word can intertwine in glorious ways. Dorian Gray’s mysteriously aging painting springs to mind and …
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Victorian Murder

In 1857, a twenty-two-year-old woman stood trial in Glasgow for murdering her former lover. It was the cause célèbre of the day and artist Dante …
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