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The Illustrated Letters and Diaries of the Pre-Raphaelites

Jan Marsh



ISBN: 9781849944960

Price: £ 16.99

Publication date: 6 September 2018

Series: Illustrated Letters

Category: Biography

The story of how a group of precocious young artists shook up the British art establishment, told through their works, letters and diaries. 

An illustrated history of the linked lives and loves of a group of supremely talented artists of late Victorian Britain through their passionate writings. It features the painters, poets, critics and designers: Ford Madox Brown, Edward Burne-Jones, Fanny Cornforth, William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais, William and Janey Morris, Christina, Dante Gabriel, and William Rossetti, John Ruskin, William Bell Scott and Lizzie Siddal.

The artistic aspirations and achievements of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood are revealed alongside the interwoven dramas of their personal lives, in letters, diaries and reminiscences, while their genius is displayed in vivid paintings, drawings, designs and poems. 

The Pre-Raphaelites was a charmed circles of love, friendship and art. Within an ever-changing flow of affections, and intimacies as richly patterned as a tapestry, they worked together as companions, lovers and partners. They shared tragedy as well as happiness, critical hostility as well as success, even the griefs of infidelity and discord. 

These creative partnerships, which also created the firm William Morris and Co, revitalised Victorian art and design. 

The new edition publishes in time for the start of the Burne Jones Exhibition at Tate Britain, starting in October 18. It is a vital book in understanding the Pre-Raphaelite art, which remains as popular and moving as ever. 


Jan Marsh is the author of an acclaimed biography of Christina Rossetti, as well as Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood and The Legend of Elizabeth Siddal, which brought new life and understanding of the women within the Pre-Raphaelite circle. She is also the author of a biography of Dante Gabriel Rossetti.