Friday, October 30, 2009

James Campbell - The Dragon's Den

William Holman Hunt - The Children's Holiday

oil on canvas
Torre Abbey, Torquay

Thomas Charles Farrer

[Mount Tom]
oil on canvas
16 x 24.5"
Farrer was trained at the Working Men's College in Red Lion Square where Madox Brown, Ruskin and Rossetti all taught. Farrer pioneered Ruskin's techniques in the States as an art instructor at the Cooper Union in NY City from 1861-5. He applied the PR techniques to the American landscape as in this view.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Marianne Preindelsberger Stokes - Aucassin and Nicolette

Oil on Canvas
49 x 32 in

John Brett - The Glacier of Rosenlaui

oil on canvas
17.5 x 16.5"
Tate Gallery

John William Inchbold - The Chapel, Bolton

oil on canvas
Northampton Art Gallery
painted on the spot
20 x 27"

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Jane Morris - St. Catherine


Edward Burne-Jones - Wardrobe

Sorry I didn't notice my scan had slipped slightly.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Ford Madox Brown - Study - The Seeds and Fruits of English Poetry

Oil on canvas
13.5 x 18 1/4"


Seeds and Fruits was planned in London and composed in Rome in 1845. 'During my sojourn'. Brown recalled, 'Italian art had made a deep and, as it proved, lasting impression on me, for I never afterwards returned to the sombre, Rembrandtesque style I had formerly worked in'. The influence of the Italian artists before Raphael is obvious in the triptych-like format, in the gothic arches, in the six poets arranged like saints on a gold ground in the wings of a medieval altar piece and in the bright colour. However, in 1851, when Brown finished the large picture, for which this is a study, he omitted all the gothic detail and, later, justified the bright colour as a novel attempt to introduce effects of bright sunlight into painting. Brown, by the early 50s had succumbed to the Pre-Raphaelite ideal of 'truth to nature' but not before he had given his disciple, Rossetti, a lasting taste for the art of the 'Early Christians'.

The centre panel shows Chaucer reading at the court of Edward III with his patron, the Black Prince, on his left. In the wings appear the 'fruits' of English poetry: Milton, Spenser and Shakespeare on the left; Byron, Pope and Burns on the right: Goldsmith and Thomson in the roundels; and the names of Campbell, Moore, Shelley Keats, Chatterton, Kirke White, Coleridge and Wordsworth are written on the cartouches held by the standing children in the base.

John Everett Millais - Lovers by a Rosebush

Pen and black ink
10 x 6.5"

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Ford Madox Brown (designer) - Architecture window

Architecture, designed by Ford Maddox Brown (1821-93) and made by Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co., from King Rene's Honeymoon series. Stained and painted glass. London, England, 1862.

William Morris - Wallflower wallpaper

Saturday, October 17, 2009

John Everett Millais

[For the Squire]
The Millais model
Brian Sewell, Evening Standard
Millais, Ruskin, and the love triangle which tore apart the pre-Raphaelites
Jonathan Brown, Independent
John Millais's Children: Faith, Erotics, and the Woodman's Daughter
Journal article by Robert M. Polhemus; Victorian Studies, Vol. 37, 1994

Rossetti's Wombat

Rossetti's Wombat: Pre-Raphaelites and Australian Animals in Victorian London
by John Simons
Middlesex University Press (2008)
I learnt a lot from this book and found it a really good read.

John Everett Millais - The Minuet

oil on canvas