Sister From The Order Of The Pre-Raphaelites

Lately, I have been delving into the lives of some of the talented women surrounding the Pre-Raphaelite movement, both artists and models, so I am delighted to re-blog this poem by Gwendrina.

Published at The Peaceful Pub, “Sister From The Order Of The Pre-Raphaelites” is a poem about “a fictitious member of the group based loosely on the combined work/perspective of Evelyn Morgan” and Marie Spartali Stillman.

Image Credit: Mary Sloane, ‘May Morris in the Tapestry Room, Kelmscott Manor’. Watercolour, 1912. William Morris Gallery, London Borough of Waltham Forest.

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~ Sunnyside
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Mary Sloane, ‘May Morris in the Tapestry Room, Kelmscott Manor’. Watercolour, 1912. William Morris Gallery, London Borough of Waltham Forest.

The Peaceful PubNote –  In the late 19th century through the early 20th, there was a school of art called “The Pre-Raphaelite Movement”.  Its painters drew on Medieval and Renaissance colors, subject matter, fantasy and other elements of a distant time to define their work.  The most famous artists of the period were, of course, men like Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Waterhouse, William Morris and others. However, there was also a female counterpart to the male members of this new artistic order. They were determined as well to express themselves through inventive and creative ideas on canvas. But for a woman to define herself as an artist was quite scandalous at the time. It was often considered sacrilege (unholy) for a woman to disrupt her social values and duties to pursue such a dream or foster that kind of ambition. Yet, brave women like Elizabeth Siddal and others prevailed, defying cultural norms…

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