Pre-Raphaelite Drawing - paperback edition

Pre-Raphaelite Drawing

  1. Colin Cruise
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  • ISBN 9780500290293
  • 28.00 x 24.00 cm
  • Paperback with flaps
  • 248pp
  • With 313 illustrations
  • First published 2012
‘Opulent … examines with lavish illustrations the range of subject matter in enthralling detail’ – V&A Magazine

The most comprehensive survey to date of the drawings, watercolours, prints and designs of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, providing a fresh and intimate picture of the most popular and enduring group in the history of British art

The book is illustrated with the most important Pre-Raphaelite drawings from public and private collections around the UK, including striking works by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Everett Millais, William Holman Hunt and Edward Burne-Jones that have never before been exhibited or reproduced.

The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, a group of radical young artists who banded together in London in 1848, revolutionized British art. This book explores the vital role played by drawing and design, in all its variety, in the work of the
Brotherhood and their associates.

Alongside studies for paintings of religious, literary and medieval subjects are the group’s portraits, self-portraits and caricatures, often exchanged as gifts; meticulous depictions of nature by John Ruskin and his followers; captivating drawings of the iconic Pre-Raphaelite models Lizzie Siddal and Jane Morris; and original designs for stained glass, textiles and ceramics.

Art historian Colin Cruise explores the emergence of the Brotherhood’s graphic style, their theories of naturalism, their radical promotion of new subjects, and their highly original use of watercolour as a drawing medium. He also demonstrates the impact that Pre-Raphaelite drawing had upon turn-of-the-century British art movements such as Aestheticism, Symbolism and Art Nouveau, and explores the role of drawing in the work of leading Arts and Crafts designers such as William Morris, William De Morgan and Florence Camm.

Colin Cruise studied fine art at Hornsey College of Art and Victorian Studies and English literature at Keele University. He has lectured and published widely on Victorian art, literature and religion, specializing in the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and the Aesthetic Movement.


Effie Gray: an original screenplay by Emma Thompson dramatises the flawed marriage of Effie Gray to John Ruskin. The film is set when the Pre-Raphaelites were being championed by Ruskin. It includes the introduction of John Everett Millais to ‘Effie’ as he paints the famous portrait of Ruskin in the Scottish Highlands. The film includes ravishing photography of Millais’ Ophelia, filmed at Tate, with scenes in London, Venice and Scotland.


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