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Memories of Maman: Julie Manet's memories of her mother, Berthe Morisot (January 14, 1841-March 2, 1895)

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I am going to highlight some of my favorite of Julie Manet's experiences between she and her mother, painter Berthe Morisot, in Julie's own words from her diary entries... park at fontainebleau and forest at fontainebleau by Berthe Morisot, 1893 Wednesday, 30 August 1893 We went for a lovely outing. First we went to Queen Amelie's belvedere, then to the calvary at the Roche Eponge from where one has a lovely view of Fontainebleau. We came back by the Fouteau woods where there are magnificent trees, and saw an oak and a beech growing from the same roots and other oddities like that.  Thursday, 31 August 1893 We painted in the forest all morning.  In the afternoon, Monsieur Mallarme came to invite Maman to go boating and she accepted the invitation although there was practically no wind. Monsieur Mallarme's boat is very shiny and the hull is painted light green; the sail is a pretty shape with a little flag on the mast with his initials 'S.M.' Saturday, 2 Septembe

Upcoming Review of The Red Monarch by Bella Ellis

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  Publisher ‏ : ‎  Hodder & Stoughton (18 Nov. 2021) Language ‏ : ‎  English Hardcover ‏ : ‎  352 pages ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎  1529363373 ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎  978-1529363371 BRONTE MYSTERIES BOOK THREE The Brontë sisters’ first poetry collection has just been published, potentially marking an end to their careers as amateur detectors, when Anne receives a letter from her former pupil Lydia Robinson. Lydia has eloped with a young actor, Harry Roxby, and following her disinheritance, the couple been living in poverty in London. Harry has become embroiled with a criminal gang and is in terrible danger after allegedly losing something very valuable that he was meant to deliver to their leader. The desperate and heavily pregnant Lydia has a week to return what her husband supposedly stole, or he will be killed. She knows there are few people who she can turn to in this time of need, but the sisters agree to help Lydia, beginning a race against time to save Harry’s life. In doing so, our intrepid sist

Charlotte and Arthur by Pauline Clooney

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Description Charlotte & Arthur  by Pauline Clooney It is the morning of June 29 th , 1854, here is the groom coming up the cobbles in Haworth, for his nuptial appointment with Charlotte Brontë. Only a handful of guests have been invited, and you, dear Reader, are one of them … Charlotte Brontë, the celebrated author of  Jane Eyre,  has married her papa’s Curate, Irishman, Arthur Bell Nicholls. At thirty-eight years of age, and the unlikelihood of there ever being further proposals, Charlotte’s dread of the lonely life of the spinster has convinced her that this is a calculated risk she must take. For the month of July, the couple’s itinerary brings them from the castles of Wales to the most popular tourist attractions in Victorian Ireland, spending some time along the way with Arthur’s family in Banagher, on the banks of the River Shannon. Set against the backdrop of the recent famine, their tour exposes the contrasting lives of the poor and the privileged of Irish society. ISBN: 9

Found (For A Picture) painting and sonnet by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

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Found A Study for the Woman's Head - Woman's Head With Eyes Open. Hair Straight, Unlike In The Finished Study. Birmingham Museum. 1853-1857. Study in for  Found , black and brown ink and wash with white heightening on paper. Signed with monogram DGR and dated 1853, Birmingham Museum.   Was Elizabeth Siddal the original model for Rossetti’s painting, ‘Found’?  These two drawings look very much like Lizzie dated 1853 Birmingham Museum. Rossettis poem Found (for a picture) dates 1848-1881 from Sonnets and Fragments by DGR (bound manuscript Volume). Princeton University. In the end, the model in his oil painting of Found was Fanny Cornforth his housekeeper.  Found by Dante Gabriel Rossetti was  Designed 1853; begun 1859; unfinished,  oil  on canvas, Delaware Art Museum, USA Found  (For a Picture.) By Dante Gabriel Rossetti  “There is a budding morrow in midnight:”— So sang our Keats, our English nightingale. And here, as lamps across the bridge turn pale In London's smokeless r

Rossetti's Portraits: Upcoming exhibition at The Holburne Museum 24 September 2021 to 9 January 2022

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  Blue Silk Dress  (Jane Morris) , Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1868 © Society of Antiquaries of London: Kelmscott Manor Rossetti’s Portraits features some of his most iconic artworks, including The Blue Silk Dress (Jane Morris), 1868, which reveal the artist at the height of his creative powers, alongside his less well-known, but equally compelling early drawings of friends, family and fellow Pre-Raphaelite artists. The exhibition also explores the artist’s intimate relationship with his muses and their influence on his depiction of beauty.  Extract from Holburne Museum website I have been working on Mrs. Morris's portrait and have nearly finished it. I think it is better than the run of my doings.  Dante Gabriel Rossetti letter to Alice Boyd of 24 July 1868. Combining paintings, drawings, and photography from across the artist’s career, including some of his most celebrated and accomplished works, Rossetti’s Portraits opens with drawings of his early social circle, including members o

A review of Muse - A Victorian love story by Kristin Lundberg

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  Muse is now streaming online as part of the Ludlow Fringe Festival in the United Kingdom until July 18th.  The link to the fringe website will appear at the end of this review. To watch this beautiful play starring the playwright herself, Kristin Lundberg as Elizabeth Siddal with the brilliant Greg Pragel as Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Based on a true story and set in 19th century England, this Victorian romance opens with Dante Gabriel Rossetti, a painter of sensuality -- famed for founding the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, which revolutionized fine art -- remembering Elizabeth Siddal, his model, his MUSE...his greatest passion. What follows is a kaleidoscope of memories - both passionate and painful. Siddal was chosen as the model for John Millais famous painting of Shakespeare's “Ophelia” and, at the insistence of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, she became the embodiment of grace and beauty being immortalized in paintings and living a life that not even she could have dreamt of. Thr

A brand new biography about the woman known as the mother of Virginia Woolf: Julia Prinsep Stephen (7 February 1846-5 May 1895)

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This is just a quick post filled with details about a biography I am currently reading. You cannot buy it online in book or even kindle or ebook form. Hopefully, in future.  However, read the details below to find out how to read this fantastic biography online for yourself!  I am reading every chapter as slowly as possible because I don't want it to end... I WILL PROVIDE THE LINK BELOW TO MARION DELL'S WEBSITE, so you can read the biography at will.  Image taken from website, The Elusive Julia Prinsep Stephen care of Marion Dell  So, who was Julia Prinsep Stephen besides being called, ' The mother of Virginia Woolf' (and also Vanessa Bell)?  Dr. Marion Dell, Vice-Chairman of the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain has written a brand new biography where you can learn as much about her life as you would like. Dr. Dell's stunning and impeccable research has brought Julia Stephen refreshingly to life; so much so, you would swear she is standing in front of you na