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Pre-Raphaelite Drawing

Colin Cruise


A comprehensive survey of the drawings, watercolours, prints and designs of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood


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. It 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.

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.

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'Opulent … examines with lavish illustrations the range of subject matter in enthralling detail'
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Book Details

Format: Paperback with flaps

Size: 28.0 x 24.0 cm

Extent: 248 pp

Publication date: 13 February 2012

ISBN: 9780500290293

Contents List

1. Drawings and Drawing: A Pre-Raphaelite Introduction; 2. The Flat, the Antique and the Life: Academic Drawing and the Pre-Raphaelites; 3. Direct and Heartfelt: Early Influences on Pre-Raphaelite Drawing; 4. Studying Nature Attentively: Ruskin and Pre-Raphaelitism; 5. Drawing the Circle: Portraits, Self-Portraits and Caricatures; 6. Pre-Raphaelite Compositions: Drawing History, Drawing Modernity; 7. The Poetry of Illustration: Disseminating Pre-Raphaelite Drawing in the 1850s and 1860s; 8. Working Drawings: Design and Pattern from the Pre- Raphaelites to the Arts and Crafts Movement; 9. The Aesthetics of Drawing from the 1860s to the 1890s: The Pre-Raphaelite Influence

About the Author

Colin Cruise is a Research Lecturer at Aberystwyth University. He is the author of Love Revealed: Simeon Solomon and Pre-Raphaelite Drawing.

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