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The Last Amateur: The Life of William J. Stillman

by Stephen L. Dyson (Author)

Hardcover: 392 pages
Publisher: Excelsior Editions (August 12, 2014)

The authoritative biography of a nineteenth-century polymath.

This fascinating biography tells the story of William J. Stillman (1828–1901), a nineteenth-century polymath. Born and raised in Schenectady, New York, Stillman attended Union College and began his career as a Hudson River School painter after an apprenticeship with Frederic Edwin Church. In the 1850s, he was editor of The Crayon, the most important journal of art criticism in antebellum America. Later, after a stint as an explorer-promoter of the Adirondacks, he became the American consul in Rome during the Civil War. When his diplomatic career brought him to Crete, he developed an interest in archaeology and later produced photographs of the Acropolis, for which he is best known today. In yet another career switch, Stillman became a journalist, serving as a correspondent for The Times of London in Rome and the Balkans. In 1871, he married his second wife, Marie Spartali, a Pre-Raphaelite painter, and continued to write about history and art until his death. One of the later products of the American Enlightenment, he lived a life that intersected with many strands of American and European culture. Stillman can indeed be called “the last amateur.”

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Into the Frame: The Four Loves of Ford Madox Brown

By Angela Thirlwell (Author)

Hardcover: 328 pages
Publisher: Random House UK (February 1, 2010)

Remarkably, there has been only one biography of Ford Madox Brown in the past century and none at all of the four women in his life, his two wives, Elisabeth Bromley and Emma Hill, and his secret passions, the artist Marie Spartali and the author Mathilde Blind. All four were remarkable women, from very different backgrounds, striving for self–expression in an age that sought to suppress them. Their lives—full of passion, sexual longing, tragedy, and determination—take us from the English countryside and the artist’s studio, to a Europe in turmoil and revolution. These are not silent muses hidden in the shadow of the “Master.” They step out of the shadows and into the picture, speaking with voices we can hear and understand. Romantic and illuminating, richly illustrated throughout, Into the Frame is a rare opportunity to explore a fascinating area of Victorian bohemianism, based on new research and written with verve and sympathy.

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The Pre-Raphaelites: From Rossetti to Ruskin

by Various (Author), Dinah Roe (Editor, Introduction)

Paperback: 464 pages
Publisher: Penguin Classics

The Pre-Raphaelite Movement began in 1848, and experienced its heyday in the 1860s and 1870s. Influenced by the then little-known Keats and Blake, as well as Wordsworth, Shelley and Coleridge, Pre-Raphaelite poetry “etherialized sensation” (in the words of Antony Harrison), and popularized the notion ofl’art pour l’art—art for art’s sake. Where Victorian realist novels explored the grit and grime of the Industrial Revolution, Pre-Raphaelite poems concentrated on more abstract themes of romantic love, artistic inspiration and sexuality. Later they attracted Aesthetes and Decadents like Oscar Wilde, Aubrey Beardsley and Ernest Dowson, not to mention Gerard Manley Hopkins and W.B. Yeats.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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The Pre-Raphaelites: An Anthology of Poetry by Dante Gabriel Rosetti and Others

by Jerome H. Buckley

Paperback: 544 pages
Publisher: Chicago Review Press

This standard anthology presents major Pre-Raphaelite poets: Dante Rossetti, Christina Rossetti, William Morris, Swinburne and George Meredith. Minor Pre-Raphaelite poets: William Michael Rossetti, Thomas Woolner, Elizabeth Siddal Rossetti, William Allingham, Richard Watson Dixon, Arthur O’Shaughnessy, Philip Bourke Marston, Theodore WattsDunton. Polemic, Parody, and Criticism: John Ruskin, Robert Buchanan, Dante Rossetti, W.H. Mallock, Henry Duff Traill; W.S. Gilbert, Oscar Wilde, and Walter Pater.

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Pre-Raphaelite Vision: 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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Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In

by Nancy Anderson (Author), Charles Brock (Author), Andrew Wyeth (Artist)

Published by National Gallery of Art, Washington/D.A.P., May 31, 2014

Hardcover: 216 pages

One of Andrew Wyeth’s most important paintings, “Wind from the Sea” (1947), is also the artist’s first full realization of the window as a recurring subject in his art. Wyeth returned to windows during the course of the next 60 years, producing more than 300 remarkable works that explore both the formal and conceptual richness of the subject. Absent from these spare, elegant, almost abstract paintings is the narrative element inevitably associated with Wyeth’s better-known figural compositions. In 2014 the National Gallery of Art, Washington, presents an exhibition of a select group of these deceptively realistic works, window paintings that are in truth skillfully manipulated compositions centering on the visual complexities posed by the transparency, beauty and formal structure of windows. In its exclusive focus on paintings without human subjects, this catalogue offers a new approach to Wyeth’s work and represents the first time that his non-figural works have been published as a group since the 1990s. The authors explore Wyeth’s fascination with windows–their formal structure and metaphorical complexity. In essays that address links with the poetry of Robert Frost and the paintings of Edward Hopper, Charles Sheeler and other artistic peers, the authors consider Wyeth’s statement that he was, in fact, an abstract painter.
American painter Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) lived his entire life in his birthplace of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, and his summer home in mid-coast Maine. His seven-decade career was spent painting the land and people that he knew and cared about. Renowned for his tempera “Christina’s World” (1948), Wyeth navigated between artistic representation and abstraction in a highly personal way.

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John Sloan on Drawing and Painting

By John Sloan

Publisher: Dover Publications, April 18, 2000

Paperback: 272 pages

A highly regarded member of the Ashcan School of American painting, John Sloan (1871–1951) was also an influential teacher at New York’s Art Students League. His dual experience as a realist painter and a graphics illustrator helped equip Sloan with the uncommon capacity to instruct students in both representational and abstract art. Now, with this illustrated, practical record of his teachings, readers can benefit from the depth and variety of Sloan’s talks on art theory and practice.
Transcribed and edited by Helen Farr, a student whom Sloan later married, the discussions begin with observations on drawing as the basis of visual art, including considerations of line, tone, texture, light and shade, composition, design, space, perspective, and related issues. Later chapters deal with figure drawing, painting, landscape and mural painting, painting technique (gesso grounds, tempera, and glazing), etching, and other media (aquatint, lithography, and watercolor). Sloan’s discussion of color in the chapter on oil painting is especially detailed, with notes on harmony, use of set palettes, underpainting and glazing, line work, and much more.
Each chapter features a wealth of helpful suggestions and recommended exercise, along with Sloan’s personal opinions of Dürer, Rubens, El Greco, and other masters, and his insights into their work: “Go to the masters to learn how to draw and paint. Study them, particularly the work you don’t like. That is the road to advancement, that is the way to learn. But get your impulse to work from life.”
This invaluable summary of art theory and practice—by one of the great artists and teachers of the twentieth century—is enhanced with 46 illustrations, including 23 of Sloan’s paintings.

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John Sloan’s New York

Published by The Delaware Museum of Art, November 29, 2007

Paperback: 208 pages

John Sloan (1871–1951) began his career as a commercial newspaper artist in Philadelphia where he studied with Robert Henri. Following Henri to New York, Sloan joined a small circle of eight talented artists whose dissatisfaction with the dominating National Academy led to a protest exhibit in 1908, the emergence of a powerful movement for change in American art, and ultimately to the famous Armory Show of 1913. It was in part Sloan’s dark palette and views of city streets and working-class life that gave rise to the epithet now used to describe the works of the “Ashcan School.”


Sloan’s compelling images of New York City are the subject of this generously illustrated book. His paintings, drawings, and prints clearly reflect his own experience of the city as he walked its neighborhoods and observed human dramas played out in streets and apartments. The contributors to the volume investigate a variety of topics, including Sloan’s understanding of the urban experience in America, his interest in social reform, his fascination with moving pictures and cinema aesthetics, and his relationship with Henri. The authors also situate Sloan’s paintings within the geography and social fabric of New York.


John Sloan’s New York presents a unique perspective on New York and its people and also on the artist himself, who was captivated by the soul of the city.

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The 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

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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The Story of Jack Ballister’s Fortunes

Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

Published by Dover Publications, 2008 (originally published 1897)
Paperback, 358 pages

Young Jack Ballister, an English orphan, is kidnapped and sent to America. He is sold into slavery on a Virginia Tobacco plantation in 1719. He then stumbles onto a savage plot by pirates who are under the command of the sinister Captain Edward Teach, who is none other than the infamous Blackbeard!

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Men of Iron

By Howard Pyle

Published by Dover Publications, 2003
Paperback, 224 pages

Master storyteller Howard Pyle at his best, incorporating fascinating historical information about life in a medieval castle, knighthood, and chivalry into the fast-moving and entertaining story of young Myles Falworth’s fight to restore his family’s rights and good name.

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The Story of King Arthur and His Knights

Written and Illustrated by Howard Pyle

Published by Dover Publications; New Ed edition, 1965
Paperback, 313 pages

The thrilling and timeless legend, masterfully illustrated.

The story of the incomparable Arthur, the lovely Guinevere, the wicked Morgana le Fey, and the magical Merlin has enthralled and delighted readers for centuries.

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Otto of the Silver Hand

Written and Illustrated by Howard Pyle

Published by New York, Dover Publications, 1967
Paperback, 173 pages

A rich and engrossing thread of romance runs through this tale of a motherless son of a valiant robber baron of Medieval Germany. Young Otto is raised in a monastery, only to return to his family’s domain and become painfully involved in the blood-feud between his father and the rival house of Trutz-Drachen.

This book has become a legend, a modern story with the feel and sound of an ancient tale, enhanced by 55 of Pyle’s illustrations. It is a reading adventure that youngsters will not soon forget.

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The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

Written and Illustrated by Howard Pyle

Unabridged Dover republication
Paperback, 173 pages

Pyle takes the reader along with Robin Hood and his band on their merry adventures. They tell of Little John, Will Scarlet, Allan a Dale, The Sheriff of Nottingham, and many other

This is the best version of the classic stories and the only edition which reproduces both Pyle’s original (1883) text and his famous illustrations in their entirety, including the page decorations.

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The Wonder Clock

Written and Illustrated by Howard Pyle

Dover Publications, Inc., 1965
Paperback, 319 pages

This collection includes some of Pyle’s most entertaining and imaginative works—24 delightful fairy tales, one for each hour of the day.

Each story is preceded with a verse by Katherine Pyle that indicates the hour of the day and sets the stage for the tale that follows. 148 illustrations enhance the stories.

This is a collection of tales that now growing boy or girl should be without. Parents too, will look forward to reading these stories to their children.

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The Story of the Grail and the Passing of Arthur

Written and Illustrated by Howard Pyle

Unabridged Dover (1992) republication of the edition published by Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York, 1910
Paperback, 272 pages

This book is a rich chronicle that includes the stirring adventures of Sir Galahad and the pursuit of the Holy Grail as well as the last chapters in the life of King Arthur.

Recounted in a language appropriately medieval in flavor and enhanced with 39 of Howard Pyle’s richly atmospheric illustrations, these tales promise a splendid reading experience—a magical journey to a far off time and bygone world of knightly valor and chivalric romance.

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The Story of the Sir Launcelot and His Companions

Written and Illustrated by Howard Pyle

Published by Unabridged Dover (1991) republication of the edition published by Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York, 1907
Paperback, 352 pages

For generations, Howard Pyle’s beautifully illustrated tales of Arthurian Britain have fired the imaginations of young readers.

This enchanting volume celebrates the exploits and conquests of Sir Launcelot, one of the most famous knights of King Arthur’s Round Table.

52 richly detailed illustrations highlight each story’s dramatic moments.

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The Story of the Champions of the Round Table

Written and Illustrated by Howard Pyle

Unabridged Dover (1968) republication of the edition published by Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York, 1905
Paperback, 329 pages

Written two years after The Story of King Arthur and his Knights, this Howard Pyle book returns to Arthur’s Court and presents the adventure-filled stories of three worthy, noble excellent knights-champions—Sir Launcelot, Sir Tristam, and Sir Percival.

All are told in Pyle’s inimitable style, capturing perfectly the tone and spirit of ancient romance. 50 of Pyle’s illustrations help make this one of the most memorable adventure books ever written for young readers.

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The Garden Behind the Moon: A Real Story of the Moon Angel

Written and Illustrated by Howard Pyle

Published by Unabridged Dover (2005) republication of the edition published by Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York, 1895
Paperback, 118 pages

A lot of people wonder what’s on the other side of the moon. David—a dreamy young boy—actually finds out. Once there, he meets the Man-in-the-Moon, discovers a magical garden, battles a terrible giant, and brings lost treasures back to Earth.

10 full-page black and white illustrations by Howard Pyle enhance this tale of a faraway world, where children play and no one ever cries. As an added bonus, readers can visit the Delaware Art Museum and see all 10 original illustrations in the Howard Pyle Gallery!

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The Book of Pirates

Written and Illustrated by Howard Pyle

Published by Dover Publications; illustrated edition edition, 2000
Paperback, 320 pages

Rarely have the exploits of marauding pirates and buccaneers of the Spanish Main been more vividly recounted than in the stories of author and illustrator Howard Pyle. Possessed of a unique talent for recapturing the flavor of bygone eras, Pyle wrote and illustrated these highly readable, swashbuckling sagas of the sea wolves who sailed under the dreaded black king.

The result is a treasury of marvelous tales, enhanced with 63 of Pyle’s own incomparable illustrations—including 11 full page color plates. It is sure to delight any lover of tales of adventure on the high seas.

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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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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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