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Who were those women who sat for the Pre-Raphaelite painters? Muses to an exclusively male genius, of tragic stature and uncertain health - were they indeed as passive as their portrait painters and their critics contrived to suggest? Jan Marsh reveals the actual lives behind the myth of the Pre-Raphaelite women: Elizabeth Siddal, Emma Brown, Annie Miller, Fannie Cornforth, Jane Morris and Georgina Burne-Jones. A meticulous testimony, this book records the rare vitality of these gifted and ambitious women. Delivering them from a century of masculine misrepresentation, Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood is a fascinating tribute to their spirit of independence in circumstances which conspired to suppress it. It includes an intriguing set of photographs as well as reproductions of the paintings and studies they inspired.


This updated edition - featuring a new afterword from Marsh - has been released to coincide with 'Pre-Raphaelite Sisters', a major exhibition curated at the National Portrait Gallery by the author in 2019-20.


Paperback, 420pp

Size: 23.3 x 15.7 cm

ISBN: 0704374633

Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood

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