The Pre-Raphaelites

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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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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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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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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