|Walter Deverell (1853) William Holman Hunt|
Partly it's due to the fact that Walter never made 'Brother'. He declined full membership, despite being very close to the other Brothers, due to his appointment as assistant master at the Government School of Design which he felt may be jeopardised by being a member of a revolutionary group. It was rumoured that he was to have replaced James Collinson in 1850, but it was never to be. Similar to others who were present at the early days of the Brotherhood, he was both a painter and a model, sitting for figures in the works of Holman Hunt, Millais and Madox Brown.
|Claudio and Isabella William Holman Hunt|
|Walter Deverell, at the back of the picture. How apt.|
|Oh, sorry Walter, they missed you off...|
|Twelfth Night (1850) Walter Deverell|
|The Grey Parrot|
They both may carry a 'women as caged birds' message but the colours in both are gorgeous, especially the muted tones of The Grey Parrot. The same can be said of Eustatia from 1853.
The woman has an air of mystery, all that is visible is her face and her hand, clutching a handkerchief. Her expression is vaguely teasing and proud, in conflict with the presence of the hankie, which hints at sadness. She doesn't look sad, she looks like she will break your heart and stomp on the pieces.
Deverell was by all account a pleasant looking young man, and jolly, flirty company. For me, the essential portrait of him has to be the figure in Ford Madox Brown's Chaucer at the Court of Edward III:
|Deverell and lady-friend....|
|The Irish Vagrants (1853)|