The Pre-Raphaelites

Pre-Raphaelite Vision: Truth to Nature

Truth to Nature

by Allen Staley and Christopher Newall

Published by Tate Publishing, December 1, 2004

Paperback: 256 pages with 160 color and 50 black-and-white illustrations.

This authoritative and lavishly illustrated book explores a key theme within Victorian art and highlights an aspect of Pre-Raphaelitism that is often overlooked. Published to accompany a major touring exhibition, Pre-Raphaelite Vision: Truth to Nature is the first new study of landscape in Pre-Raphaelite painting for many years.  It is an esential addition to the library of all those interested in Pre-Raphaelitism and the English landscape tradition.

Artists featured include John Everett Millais, William Holman Hunt and Ford Madox Brown, but also less familiar figures such as John William Inchbold, John Brett, George Price Brown, William Davis and Daniel Alexander Williamson, as well the photographers Roger Fenton, Benjamin Brecknell Turner and James Graham.

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The Pre-Raphaelite Circle

Preraphaelite Circle

By Jan Marsh

Published by The National Portrait Gallery; 2nd edition, July 31, 2014

Paperback: 136 pages

The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood lent its name to one of the most significant and innovative artistic movements of the Victorian age. Jan Marsh’s lively and revealing account of these remarkable men and women explores the individual personalities, the close friendships and the artistic force that bound this diverse group together.

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John Everett Millais

John Everett Millais

by Jason Rosenfeld

Published by: Phaidon Press, August 27, 2012

Hardcover: 256

John Everett Millais was one of the most successful and acclaimed British painters of the nineteenth century. A founder member of the radical Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, an acclaimed society portraitist, and an ambitious painter of historical themes, Millais ended his days as a Baronet and President of the Royal Academy. In this widely illustrated, thoughtful account of Millais’s career, Jason Rosenfeld brings together biography, art history and an insightful and detailed analysis of individual paintings. Opening with a focused study of his much acclaimed, and now iconic Pre-Raphaelite paintings, in the second half of the book the author presents a fascinating reconsideration of the artist’s often over looked later career.

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Rossetti: Painter and Poet

painter poet

By J. B. Bullen

Publihsed by Frances Lincoln, October 11, 2011

Hardcover: 272 pages

Dante Gabriel Rossetti is the most intriguing and flamboyant figure in nineteenth-century British art. He inspired the first Pre-Raphaelite generation of 1849 and the second generation ten years later and both brought about significant changes in British art. His poetry, too, acted as a stimulus to many writers at the end of the century, who saw in his subtle manipulation of the sonnet and the ballad forms ways of giving expression to issues that were peculiar to the that century.

Dominant among those issues was that of sexual desire, for Rossetti, more than any other artist in this period, struggled with the contradictions of sexuality. When he died in 1882 people knew of him as the painter of alluring women with exotic names – Lilith, Monna Vanna, Fiammetta – and the writer of subtly erotic verse. He projected onto women his anxieties, his pleasures and his needs. He also mythologized them, so that Elizabeth Siddal, Fanny Cornforth, Jane Morris and others became for him Beatrice, Guenevere, and Isolde. In doing so he shaped them, he changed the direction of their lives, and in some cases he both made and destroyed them.

This richly illustrated book, by tracing the development of Rossetti’s painting and poetry in the context of the drama of his life, follows this powerful thread. Sometimes sensual, at others spiritual, Rossetti’s mission was to transcend the Manichean division that separated body and soul and, through the visionary power of art, reconcile what he saw as elements fundamental to human experience.

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Dante Gabriel Rossetti


by Alicia Craig Faxon

Published by Abbeville Press; Reissue edition, October 1, 1989

Hardcover: 256 pages

Composed of luscious reproductions, telling details, and graceful ornamentation, it was the first illustrated monograph devoted to the uniquely talented Dante Gabriel Rossetti. One of Victorian England’s most flamboyant artists, Rossetti painted and wrote with equal passion. This ardor extended to his personal life, and often art and life intermingled as he immortalized his many loves in voluptuous and provocative images. The melodrama of Rossetti’s life, darkened by rumors of suicide, adultery, and addiction, has often overshadowed his striking accomplishments as a painter. This evocative portrayal of his life and his art vividly captures the lush colors, elaborate narratives, and sheer magnetism of his canvases. It also provides a clear and candid account of the artist that carefully untangles fact from myth.

Chronicling Rossetti’s career from his early achievements as a founder of the tremendously influential Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood to the grandly unorthodox images of his final years, author Alicia Craig Faxon skillfully weaves in quotes from the artist and his contemporaries, bringing to life Rossetti’s charisma and creativity. Family reminiscences from Rossetti’s great-grandniece, Helen Guglielmini, provide an engaging complement to Dr. Faxon’s astute scholarship.

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The Art of the Pre-Raphaelites

Art of the Pre-Raphaelites

by Elizabeth Prettejohn

Published by Princeton University Press; First Edition edition (November 15, 2000)

Hardcover: 304 pages

Though always controversial in art circles, the Pre-Raphaelites have also always been extremely popular with museum goers. This accessible new study provides the most comprehensive view of the movement to date. It shows us why, a century and a half later, Pre-Raphaelite art retains its power to fascinate, haunt, and often shock its viewers.

Calling themselves the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Everett Millais, and William Holman Hunt produced a statement of ideas that revolutionized art practice in Victorian England. Critical of the Royal Academy’s formulaic works, these painters believed that painting had been misdirected since Raphael. They and the artists who joined with them, including William Michael Rossetti, James Collinson, and Frederick George Stephens, created bright works representing nature and literary themes in fresh detail and color. Considered heretical by many and frequently admonished for a lack of grace in composition the group disbanded after only a few years. Yet its artists and ideals remained influential; its works, greatly admired.

In this richly illustrated book, Elizabeth Prettejohn raises new and provocative questions about the group’s social and artistic identity. Was it the first avant-garde movement in modern art? What role did women play in the Pre-Raphaelite fraternity? How did relationships between the artists and models affect the paintings? The author also analyzes technique, pinning down the distinctive characteristics of these painters and evaluating the degree to which a group style existed. And she considers how Pre-Raphaelite art responded to and commented on its time and place a world characterized by religious and political controversy, new scientific concern for precise observation, the emergence of psychology, and changing attitudes toward sexuality and women.

The first major publication on the Pre-Raphaelite movement in more than fifteen years, this exquisite volume incorporates the swell of recent research into a comprehensive, up-to-date survey. It comprises well over two hundred color reproductions, including works that are immediately recognizable as Pre-Raphaelite masterpieces, as well as lesser-known paintings that expand our appreciation of this significant artistic departure.

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The Pre-Raphaelites: Their Lives and Works in 500 Imagesd

lives in 500

By Michael Robinson

Published by Lorenz Books, October 16, 2012

Hardcover: 256 pages

This is an essential volume for anyone wanting to learn more about the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and their ethos, and offers the opportunity to study their greatest works in one beautiful collection. This impressive new book opens by looking at key Pre-Raphaelite artists in turn, documenting the artists’ lives and the development of their talents. Includes a stunning gallery of more than 290 Pre-Raphaelite works.

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The Pre-Raphaelite Vision (Phaidon Miniature Editions)


By Editors of Phaidon Press (Author)

Published by Phaidon Press, January 1, 1994

Paperback: 160 pages

Dimensions:  4 x 0.5 x 4.8 inches

Produced in a pocket-sized, jacketed-paperback format, Phaidon’s Miniature Editions make ideal gifts and desirable possessions. Each book features a wealth of finely reproduced colour images. This book draws together Pre-Raphaelite images of female grace with specially chosen excerpts from contemporary poetry, to produce a timelessly eloquent edition.

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Pre-Raphaelite Cats


By Susan Herbert

Published by By Thames & Hudson, May 20, 2014
Paperback, 64 pages

Susan Herbert’s feline versions of famous paintings have found an appreciative audience among both cat and art lovers. Here, she brings her charming illustrations of cats to the subject of Pre-Raphaelite painting.

Well-known works by such artists as Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Ford Madox Brown, Edward Burne-Jones, and William Holman Hunt can be viewed in a new and entrancing way when their protagonists are endearing cats. The Beggar Maid takes on a particularly touching relationship with King Cophetua, while Medea gives new meaning to the word enchantress as she prepares the ingredients for a spell. Were ever two creatures so frightened and so abandoned as the poor cat princes wickedly imprisoned in the tower or two lovers as sad and stoical as the young officer cat and his fiancée on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo? With black-and-white reproductions of the original paintings that inspired these illustrations, the book offers irresistibly delightful comparisons to a great period in art history.

Illustrated in color and black and white throughout.

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William Morris on Art and Socialism


Edited by Norman Kelvin

Published by Dover Publications, 1999
Paperback, 192 pages

William Morris exerted an enormous influence in many fields. He covered topics from design and craftsmanship through literature and social politics. He gave many lectures and published many essays on his ideas. This book gives an overview with several complete essays of Morris’ ranging from 1877 to 1896.

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American Book Design and William Morris


By Susan Otis Thompson

Published by By Oak Knoll Press, 1996
Paperback, 258 pages

American book design underwent a dramatic change beginning in the 1890’s. William Morris and his Kelmscott Press helped form the Arts and Crafts Movement which was one of the major catalysts for this change in book design. His work chronicles Morris’ influence, the Arts and Crafts book style and the distinction between Aesthetic, Arts and Crafts, and the Art Nouveau styles of books.

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Charles Fairfax Murray: The Unknown Pre-Raphaelite


By David B. Elliott

Published by Oak Knoll Press, 2000
Hardcover, 266 pages

Charles Fairfax Murray was a painter, art dealer, collector, and close friend to William Morris, Burne-Jones, the Rossetti’s as well as being a protégé of John Ruskin.  He started off his art career as a studio assistant to Burne-Jones and ended his life as a painter (his “Romeo and Juliet” is in the Delaware Art Museum Collection) and an expert on Classical Italian Paintings.  Written by his grandson, this book gives a wonderful insight to the Victorian art world the Pre-Raphaelites were changing.  This is an autographed copy.

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Waking Dreams: The Art of the Pre-Raphaelites from the Delaware Art Museum


Waking Dreams: The Art of the Pre-Raphaelites from the Delaware Art Museum

By Stephen Wildman

This beautifully illustrated catalog offers a comprehensive overview of the Samuel and Mary R. Bancroft Collection, and the artists who comprised the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

Published by Art Services International, 2004
Quality Paperback, 395 pages

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The Life of William Morris


By J. W. Mackail.
Published by Dover Publications in 1995 and reissued in 2011.
Paperback.  364 pages.

Originally written in 1899 and published as two volumes, The Life of William Morris is now bound as one volume in this updated edition. This classic biography was written just a few years after Morris’ death at the request of Edward Burne-Jones. J.W. Mackail was given access to Morris’ family and business papers and interviewed many of Morris’ friends, family members, and fellow artists to create a compelling biography of the artist’s life.

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The Art and Illustration of Walter Crane


Selected and Edited by Jeff A. Menges
Published by Dover Publications, 2010.
Paperback. 109 pages.

Walter Crane was a prominent figure in the late Victorian art world.  A friend of William Morris, Crane agreed with Morris’ views that  “…art should exist in all things.” Although his first love was painting, Crane had a lively career as an illustrator. This book provides an overview of Crane’s illustrations, watercolors, and oil paintings.

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Beyond Decoration: The Illustrations of John Everett Millais


By Paul Goldman
Published by Oak Knoll Press, 2005.
Hardback.  337 pages.

John Everett Millais is known today as a leading English painter, but he was also an outstanding master of black and white illustrations. This book features these stunning illustrations—which were extremely popular in periodicals during Millais’ lifetime—and offers insights into the imagery the artist was attempting to portray.

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The Collected Letters of Jane Morris


Edited by Frank C. Sharp and Jan Marsh

Publisher: Boydell Press (October 20, 2011)
Pages: 528
Size: 24.4 x 17.2
Binding: Hardback

Jane Morris was one of the famous faces of the Pre-Raphaelite movement.  Married to William Morris his fame often overshadowed her own achievements. These letters, most published for the very first time, show a woman actively involved in the family business and the Kelmscott Press. She was also an ardent supporter of Irish Home Rule. Her letters show  an intelligent woman in the turbulent times of the 1880’s.

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