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Waterfall, John Everett Millais, 1853

Waterfall, John Everett Millais, 1853

I just came back from visiting my long time friend, artist Julie Good-Kruger, Pennsylvania.  My most desired destination for this trip was the Delaware Art Museum, which I’d found out, since my last visit, has the largest collection of PreRaphaelite Art outside of Britain.  I brought my camera in and just kept snapping.  Most of these images are pretty good; some have a glare from the lights or had to be taken at an angle to avoid a glare, and some are simply a little blurry.  However, I think they’ll give a taste of why it is so worthwhile to visit this museum.

A Highland Lass by John Everett Millais

A Highland Lass by John Everett Millais

This painting shows Millais’ extraordinary sensitivity and accuracy in rendering his subjects, even when he was a very young man.

 

What was the PRB?

What was the PRB?

I’m back on a PRB kick right now and will write more at length about how they inspire me in another blog.  I’m currently rereading PreRaphaelites in Love by Gay Daly and The Legend of Elizabeth Siddal by Jan Marsh, as well as two mysteries inspired by Lizzie.

Portrait of Elizabeth Siddel by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1854

Portrait of Elizabeth Siddel by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1854

"They're what we call...stunners."

“They’re what we call…stunners.”

 

Veronica Veronese, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1872

Veronica Veronese, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1872

My favorite PreRaphaelites are John Millais and William Holman Hunt.  I saw a fabulous exhibit of Hunt’s paintings at the Minneapolis Art Institute a couple of years ago, when I was at an Equine Painting Workshop.  During my trip to PA, I spent one rainy day companionably working on art projects with Julie and her husband, Tim.  I was copying the painting below because it was raining and windy outside and my plein air plans were dashed.

Isabella and the Pot of Basil by William Holman Hunt, 1867-1868

Isabella and the Pot of Basil by William Holman Hunt, 1867-1868

Found, Dante Gabriel Rosetti, designed 1853; begun 1859

Found, Dante Gabriel Rosetti, designed 1853; begun 1859

This painting shows that Rossetti was at one time as taken up with social justice and narrative art as were Hunt and Millais.  Later, he just painted a select group of beautiful women over and over again.  I find the crusading spirit of the PRBs at their inception far more interesting.

The Council Chamber, Edward Burne-Jones, c. 1872-1892

The Council Chamber, Edward Burne-Jones, c. 1872-1892

Water Willow, Dante Gabriel Rosetti, 1871

Water Willow, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1871

 

Mnemosyne by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1875 -1881

Mnemosyne by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1875 -1881

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Gideon, glazed tiles by Harold Steward Rathbone, 1900

La Bella Mano by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1874-1875

La Bella Mano by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1874-1875

 

The Green Butterfly, Albert John Moore, c 1878-1881

The Green Butterfly, Albert John Moore, c 1878-1881

The Return of the Dove to the Ark by John Everett Millais, 1851

The Return of the Dove to the Ark by John Everett Millais, 1851

Detail from Love's Messenger, Marie Spartalli Stillman, c. 1885Detail from Love’s Messenger, Marie Spartalli Stillman, c. 1885

The Mother of Moses, Simeon Solomon, 1860

The Mother of Moses, Simeon Solomon, 1860

Simeon Solomon was Jewish and purposely selected models that looked Semitic for his subject.

Design for the cover of The Earthly Paradise by William Morris, 1890

Design for the cover of The Earthly Paradise by William Morris, 1890

The Earthly Paradise was a collection of verses that William Morris himself wrote — he was a poet, as well as painter and designer — about pagan Greeks and Scandinavians looking for everlasting life.  Odd bedfellows, I think.

The Somnambulist by John Everett Millais

The Somnambulist by John Everett Millais

The brushwork on this painting is looser than in others if Millais’ paintings.  He is apparently influenced by Whistler’s White Girl in this work.

May Margaret by Frederick Sandys, 1865-1866

May Margaret by Frederick Sandys, 1865-1866

 

Portrait of Ethel Bertha Harrison by Sir William Blake Richmond, c 1882

Portrait of Ethel Bertha Harrison by Sir William Blake Richmond, c 1882

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Saint Columba's Farewell to the White Horse by Alyce Boyd

Saint Columba’s Farewell to the White Horse by Alyce Boyd

Detail of Spring and Autumn by Lydia Field Emmet, Delaware Art Museum

Detail of Spring and Autumn by Lydia Field Emmet, Delaware Art Museum

The Spring Witch by George Wilson, 1880

The Spring Witch by George Wilson, 1880

Design for a Stained Glass Window by Violet Oakley

Design for a Stained Glass Window by Violet Oakley

Julie and I just adored this design and just looked and looked.  It’s actually a painting.  The windows that resulted were installed in a manor, but I had only a camera with me, not a notebook.

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Amazing British Watercolor

Amazing British Watercolor

This is truly the softest toilet paper we sell!

This is truly the softest toilet paper we sell!

We were snorting with laughter at this painting.  It’s quite lovely, really, but I mean, what can he be showing her?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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