This week, my website LizzieSiddal.com turned eleven years old! It and Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood are my labor of love and I appreciate your support and your comments, emails, and friendship. Through these sites I have discovered kindred spirits and I am grateful for you all. And thank you to those of you who have befriended me … Read more
Happy Wombat Friday! This week marked the 101st death of Jane Morris. Kirsty Stonell Walker has a gorgeous post on John Collier. Via Cumbria Live: Teenagers bring the poetry of Christina Rossetti to life. The poetry of Christina Rossetti has been reimagined for the stage in The Blood Between Us which will play in the … Read more
Happy #WombatFriday! You can follow Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood on Facebook or Twitter. Posts at Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood this week included Veronica Veronese and Aspecta Medusa, both by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Kirsty Stonell Walker reviewed the catalogue for Art & Soul: Victorians and the Gothic. And took a look at Selfies and self portraits. The William Morris Gallery is … Read more
It’s Wombat Friday! Our hero the Wombat can be seen here with William Holman Hunt’s Isabella and the Pot of Basil. You can see it and other versions of Isabella in Love, Death, Potted Plants. This week was the anniversary of Agatha Christie’s death, so here’s a post at The Kissed Mouth about Agatha … Read more
This week, Wombat Friday falls on Friday the 13th AND a full moon. Our wombat hero visits Luna by Sir Edward Burne-Jones. You can follow the weekly #wombatfriday madness on Twitter (here’s the #wombatfriday hashtag link; you can follow me on Twitter as @beguilingmerlin). If you are a Facebook user, connect with me on the … Read more
#WombatFriday is now a year old, and I have compiled all the images shared into a new page. the Wombat Friday Archives of 2013. I love how many people became involved and created such fun images.
Wombat Friday was born out of a casual conversation among friends. Yes, I realize Wombat Wednesday probably sounds better, but it was a spontaneous act of frivolity and I hope it stays that way. Previous posts: Why Wombat Friday?, and Brief Explanation of Wombat Friday. Kirsty Stonell Walker wrote an excellent post explaining Rossetti and … Read more
You can follow the #wombatfriday fun by visiting the Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood Facebook page.
Once again, that cheeky wombat makes his appearance. Here he is with Lizzie Siddal. Are you missing out on the wombat fun? If you’re a Twitter user, just search the hashtag #wombatfriday. Or take a look at my feed. I retweet as many Friday wombats as I can. My Twitter name is beguilingmerlin, after the … Read more
It’s frivolous. It’s fun. Wombat Friday is growing and every week I gleefully enjoy everyone’s contributions. Apart from the silliness, I’m sort of moved by it all. It feels like a shared sense of community. Beneath a layer of wombat tomfoolery lies evidence of our shared passion and enthusiasm. Somehow we stumbled upon a sort … Read more
Last week I shared an account of Burne-Jones and Rossetti and their fascination with that delightful creature, the wombat. Today I share another contemporary account of Rossetti and his strange collection of animals. Alas, no mention of the beloved wombat, but it is an interesting account of Rossetti and his menagerie. From The Story of … Read more
Happy Wombat Friday! With brownies! Georgiana Burne-Jones writes about Rossetti’s interest in wombats in Memorials of Burne-Jones, vol. I: “Mr. Prinsep says that the windows in the spaces they were painting were whitened in order to tone the light, and that the whitened glass was covered all over with sketches, chiefly of … Read more
I received a package this week that was so lovely, I had to incorporate it into Wombat Friday. Thank you to Jo Secondo for sending me a vintage copy of The Macdonald Sisters, beautifully wrapped in William Morris paper and with a Rossetti card!
It has been a difficult week. So many troubling stories in the news. The Pre-Raphaelites had it right when they sought to include nature in their works, for today this simple, cheerful flower has boosted my mood. Happy Wombat Friday! “Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty if only we … Read more
Happy Easter! Pictured in the background is Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s ‘The Girlhood of Mary Virgin‘, Rossetti’s first oil painting and the first work to bear the inscription ‘PRB’. His models for this work were his mother, Frances Polidori Rossetti, and sister Christina. For new readers, here’s an explanation of Wombat Friday and don’t miss this post at … Read more
Head on over to The Kissed Mouth where Kirsty is having a Wildish Wombat Friday in honor of Robert Parry’s new book.
Wombats can participate in Mythic March too, you know. Pre-Raphaelites and Fairy Tales are a perfect combination. Beauty, magic, perhaps a hint of danger. So today’s Wombat Friday is all about celebrating Fairy Tales. But first, you have to welcome Kirsty, who shares her first Wombat Friday post at The Kissed Mouth. Now, for your … Read more
Why did this week fly by so fast? I’ve been quite busy finishing up The Life and Letters of Sir John Everett Millais and will have a new page up soon. Also, lots of T Shirt sales this week! Thank you very much. I’m always thrilled and grateful when someone buys a shirt. Several of … Read more
A few weeks ago, on a whim, I celebrated the fact that it was Friday by posting a photo of a wombat. Then the lovely Madeleine Pearce (@nouveaudigital) tweeted the hashtag #wombatfriday, probably not realizing that she is only encouraging my childish antics and now I can not stop. This week, the wombat brushes up … Read more
Here at Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood, Fridays are for wombats. “The Wombat is a Joy, a Triumph, a Delight, a Madness!” ~ Dante Gabriel Rossetti You simply must read ‘Rossetti’s Wombat’ at Pre-Raphernalia.