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Nevada Museum of Art: Current U.S. exhibition: Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts & Crafts Movement

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For Pre-Raphelite art fans living in the United States, specifically, in Nevada, grab your mask and get over to the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, Nevada to see this gorgeous Pre-Raphaelite art exhibition! Here are some details from the museum website along with links below:  Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts & Crafts Movement March 7, 2021 - May 30, 2021 JOHN HAWLEY OLDS LAGATTA GALLERY | FLOOR 3 ROBERT Z. HAWKINS GALLERY | FLOOR 3 In the second half of the nineteenth century, a group of  iconoclastic  creators pushed against industrialization to enlighten humanity with their revolutionary take on beauty. Drawn from the collection of the city of Birmingham, United Kingdom,  Victorian Radicals  brings together more than 145 paintings, works on paper, and decorative objects—many of which have never been  exhibited  outside the U . K . —to illuminate this dynamic period of British art.   The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and the champions of the Arts & Crafts M

A review of The Diabolical Bones by Bella Ellis

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Haworth Parsonage, February 1846: The Brontë sisters— Anne, Emily, and Charlotte—are busy with their literary pursuits. As they query publishers for their poetry, each sister hopes to write a full-length novel that will thrill the reading public. They’re also hoping for a new case for their fledgling detecting enterprise, Bell Brothers and Company solicitors. On a bitterly cold February evening, their housekeeper Tabby tells them of a grim discovery at Scar Top House, an old farmhouse belonging to the Bradshaw family. A set of bones has been found bricked up in a chimney breast inside the ancient home.   Tabby says it’s bad doings, and dark omens for all of them. The rattled housekeeper gives them a warning, telling the sisters of a chilling rumo Book Depository r attached to the family. The villagers believe that, on the verge of bankruptcy, Clifton Bradshaw sold his soul to the devil in return for great riches. Does this have anything to do with the bones found in the Bradshaw house?

A daughter's tribute to her mother: Christina Rossetti in her own words to her mother Frances Rossetti (nee Polidori)

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  Mother and Daughter posed together, Frances Rossetti and daughter Christina Rossetti by Charles Dodgson,  albumen print, 7 October 1863, NPG A beautiful tribute to her mother in Christina Rossetti's own handwriting: Sonnets are full of love, and this our tome So full of sonnets:  so here now shall be A sonnet and a love - sonnet from me To my first love, my Mother, on whose knee I learnt love-lore that is not troublesome; Whose heart is still my heart’s most quiet home, Whose service is my special dignity, And she my loadstar while I go and come. And so because you love me, and because I love you Mother, i have woven a wreath Of rhymes wherewith to crown your honoured name: In you not fourscore years can dim the flame Of love, whose blessed glow transcends the laws Of time and change and mortal life and death. The above was from a two page undated letter by Christina Rossetti to her brother Dante Gabriel Rossetti.  Housed and Archived as part of Christina Rossetti's papers at

The Moxon Tennyson: A Landmark in Victorian Illustration-Series in Victorian Studies by Simon Cooke

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  Hardcover ISBN 978-0-8214-2426-1 Retail price: $80.00 Release date: January 2021 81 illus. · 254 pages · 7 × 10 in The Lady of Shalott by  William Holman-Hunt Engraved by the Dalziels /J. Thompson,  1857,  Wood engraving A new perspective on a book that transformed Victorian illustration into a stand-alone art. Edward Moxon’s 1857 edition of Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s  Poems  dramatically redefined the relationship between images and words in print. Cooke’s study, the first book to address the subject in over 120 years, presents a sweeping analysis of the illustrators and the complex and challenging ways in which they interpreted Tennyson’s poetry. This book considers the volume’s historical context, examining in detail the roles of publisher, engravers, and binding designer, as well as the material difficulties of printing its fine illustrations, which recreate the effects of painting. Arranged thematically and reproducing all the original images, the chapters present a detailed reappr

The Dead City by Christina Rossetti: Living in a time of pandemic?

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  Christina Rossetti by Lewis Carroll, October 7, 1863, NPG The genius of the family. She was the Dante of our family.  Christina, was the daughter of what was noblest in our father  and beautiful in our mother.  Dante Gabriel Rossetti speaks of his sister. In 1847 poetess, Christina Rossetti believed to be inspired by the story of Zobeide in The Arabian Nights , wrote, The Dead City ; a first person singular allegory where a woman narrates her walk through an abandoned city as she makes her way to a dinner already laid out on a table. The poet warns the reader of the dangers of 'urban materialism' in a consumer culture gone awry almost pleading for the need for spiritual awakening.   As we live in the beginning of 2021, one hundred and seventy four years after The Dead City was written, I can see parallels to the detriment of urban living. Thus, resulting in the concrete, grey, desolation of city sidewalks deserted of humans where a light shines upon tents leading the way to a

Review of The Photographer by Kevin Marsh

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Professional photographer Matthew Cunningham returns home from a successful assignment in Paris and upon realising the loss of his camera case, he panics, not only does it contain expensive photographic equipment, but also hundreds of stored images. Several days later, his girlfriend Libby Ellis receives an anonymous package containing both photographs of the models Matt works with and also herself. After a meeting, Libby fails to return home and Detective Sergeant Isobel Woods begins investigating her disappearance. Struggling with internal politics and a boss intent on discrediting her, she is told to solve the case as quickly as possible. However, events take an unexpected turn. Gradually women connected to Matt are drawn into the nightmare and DS Woods suspects his involvement. Co-operating with the police while secretly negotiating with the abductor, Matt risks incriminating himself and is left with no option but to gamble with the lives of those closest to him. Paperback, 341 pag

Charles Dickens (7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) Christmas Recollections: In His Own Words!

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Daguerrotype of Charles Dickens by Antoine Claudet, 1852 The Christmas of 1812 was celebrated by John and Elizabeth Dickens (nee Barrow) in the town of Portsmouth on the south coast of England. Frances (known as Fanny) was two years old and Charles was 10 months old. Their father, John, worked as a clerk in the Navy's Payroll Office. John was known to be terrible with finances. Because of this, they often had to move house. By Charles' second birthday, Monday, 7 February 1814, the Dickens family lived in Kent for several years.  As a young boy, Charles could always be found in a small room, sitting and reading through his father's book collection. According to Charles Dickens unfinished autobiography,  My father left a small collection of books in a little room upstairs to which I have access and which nobody else in our house ever troubled. From that blessed little room, Roderick Random, Peregrine Pickle, Humphrey Clinker, Tom Jones, The Vicar of Wakefield, Don Quixote, Gi