Monday, March 25, 2013

Lovers by a Rosebush 1848

This drawing is an adaption of figures in 'Youth', one of six decorative lunettes by Millais. The image also invites comparison with the poem 'My Beautiful Lady' by Thomas Woolner, published in The Germ in 1850. Another drawing was however used in the final publication. It has been suggested that this drawing inspired the Woolner poem (Malcolm Warner).

St Agnes of Intercession 1850

This is the earliest known etching by Millais, originally intended for the fifth issue of the Pre-Raphaelite journal 'The Germ' but never used. The scene from a story by Rossetti shows a fifteenth century artist painting the portrait of his dying lover. Three impressions are known to date, now in The Victoria and Albert Museum, Yale Centre for British Art and this Birmingham impression, mounted beside the reversed preparatory drawing. In the transference to the etching plate, the design appears to have moved closer to Rossetti's text, open-eyed terror in the face of the young girl giving away to an expression of forced resignation to her fate.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Moving Home

Back in a few days

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Portrait of Effie Gray

John Everett Millais's wife Effie Gray in middle age holding a copy of the Cornhill Magazine   1860

The Later Years of John Everett Millais's Portraits: Impressionistic Genius or Lazy self-indulgence?


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Frederick Hollyer: the memorial Burne Jones exhibition

Frederick Hollyer: the memorial Burne Jones exhibition, winter of 1898 at the New Gallery. The Gallery was in a sort of Hispano-Moorish style. The ceiling was quite low with stong top lighting and the paintings were all hung at eye level. From 1888 this was BJ's favourite gallery. It was at the south end of Regent Street and had originally been a livery stable.

Ned at Naworth in August 1874 with George and Rosalind Howard taken by Benjamin Scott of Carlisle.

George Frederic Watts

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Nymphs Finding the Head of Orpheus (study)

On Wombats

Friday, March 8, 2013

Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde

Tim Barringer, Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art and director of graduate studies, Yale University; Jason Rosenfeld, distinguished chair and professor of art history, Marymount Manhattan College; and Diane Waggoner, associate curator, department of photographs, National Gallery of Art
In this podcast recorded on February 17, 2013, at the National Gallery of Art, Tim Barringer, Jason Rosenfeld, and Diane Waggoner celebrate the opening of the exhibition Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Art and Design, 1848–1900, the first major survey of Pre-Raphaelite art to be shown in the United States. The Pre-Raphaelites were a group of young artists who sought to overturn established traditions of painting and made art that looked to the past for inspiration, but also engaged directly with the bustling modern world of Victorian Britain. The exhibition features some 130 paintings, sculptures, photography, works on paper, and decorative art objects that reflect the ideals of Britain's first modern art movement. Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Art and Design, 1848–1900 is on display through May 19, 2013.

The Gilded Apple 1899

Lancelot and Elaine

The Rusty Knight