Saturday, August 24, 2013

ister Helen, c. 1870 - Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Head of Frederick Leyland, 1879 - Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Charles Fairfax Murray

Personally I think we under rate Charles Fairfax Murray (1849-1919) as a mere assistant to Burne-Jones,but though some of his works are derivative I love these of Lisa Stillman, c. 1880.

Jane and the Wombat

On September 10, 1869, Dante Gabriel Rossetti sketches the picture above, calling it: Parted Love; or, The Wombat. A day later, he wrote the following letter to his lover, Jane Morris (nee Burden), the wife of his friend and student, William Morris:
What do you think? I have got a Wombat at Chelsea, come the other day, whose portraits (by Dunn) I enclose.
Your affectionate,
D. Gabriel. R

Oh! how the family affections combat
Within this heart; and each hour flings a bomb at
my burning soul; neither from owl nor from bat
can peace be gained, until I clasp my Wombat!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Laudes Beatae Mariae Virginis, 1896.

Inscription by Edward Burne-Jones to his son-in-law, John William Mackail (1859-1945).

Mackail was a scholar and William Morris biographer.

William Morris. The Defence of Guenevere and Other Poems.Illustrated by Jessie M. King. London: J. Lane, 1904.
The Defence of Guenevere was originally published in 1858, when William Morris was twenty-four years old. This 1904 edition was illustrated by Scottish artist Jessie M. King, who was known for her Art Nouveau designs and contributions to the Arts and Crafts Movement. King also designed the decorative binding.

Kelmscott Press

Celebrate Burne-Jones’ 180th Birthday at the Lady Lever Art Gallery

The Soul of the Rose - John William Waterhouse

A Disciple - John Everett Millais 1895

Sunday, August 18, 2013

John William Waterhouse "Day Dreams"

Danae in the Brazen Chamber by Frederick Sandys

Danae in the Brazen Chamber by Frederick Sandys
wood engraving on India paper
Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Helen and Cassandra by Frederick Sandys

Helen and Cassandra by Frederick Sandys 
wood engraving by Joseph Swain
illustration for Once a Week, 28 April, 1866

Cleopatra by Frederick Sandys

Cleopatra by Frederick Sandys 
wood engraving by the Dalziel brothers
illustration for The Cornhill Magazine, September 1866

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Dante and Beatrice - John William Waterhouse 1915

John William Waterhouse, Nymphs finding the head of Orpheus (study)

Wombat Fridays

Wombat Fridays to you. (The lovely Kirsty Stonell Walker gives a good explanation of it here: Basically you get a stuffed wombat and something involving the Pre-Raphaelites and possibly some cake, and then you take a picture and post it. On a Friday. It’s frivolous, wonderful, Pre-Raphaelite fun. I will give you a highly intelligent post about what wombats actually have to do with the Pre-Raphaelites. Later. For now, here is my wombat, Bottom, with a crocheted Effie Gray and a copy of John Millais’ My Second Sermon that I found for a dollar at a second-hand shop. There you go.