I think I finally snapped when I reached this particular article which was so shot through with all the old stories, smut and things that just weren't true. Kelmscott wasn't Rossetti and Jane's shag-pad! Elizabeth didn't commit suicide, or at least you can't just spout that as a truth when it might not be so!
The thing is, I rather liked the idea of an A B C of Pre-Raphaelitism, a chance to go through all the great stuff behind the movement we love, the paintings we swoon over, the artists we admire, the models we feel we know so well, and so in light of this here is mine...
A is for Annie Miller, Alexa Wilding and Aestheticism. It's also for Awakening Conscience, April Love, Astarte Syriaca and Autumn Leaves...
|Autumn Leaves (1856) J E Millais|
B is for Burne-Jones, Brown, Boyce and Byam Shaw. Oh and of course, Brotherhood. It's also for Beata Beatrix and Blue Bower...
|The Blue Bower (1865) D G Rossetti|
|Chatham Place, sadly no longer with us.|
D is for Dante and Dickens, for Dyce, Deverell and Dicksee. D is not for Death, it's never that simple. D is also for Dames, both 'Belle' and 'Sans Merci'.
|La Belle Dame Sans Merci Frank Dicksee|
|Ecce Ancilla Domini! (1850) D G Rossetti|
|Study for Found (Fanny Cornforth) (1854-6ish) D G Rossetti|
|The Golden Stairs (1880) Edward Burne-Jones|
|The Hireling Shepherd William Holman Hunt|
|Isabella and the Pot of Basil (1868) W Holman Hunt|
|Jesus Washing Peter's Feet (1856-90s, really, it took forever) Ford Madox Brown|
|King Cophetua and the Beggar Maid (1884) Edward Burne-Jones|
|Tomb of Frederick Richards Leyland, designed by Burne-Jones|
|Mariana (1851) J E Millais|
|Natural Ornament (study) J E Millais|
|Please let the Tate make novelty pens where she floats about in the top half of the pen...|
|Proud Maisie Frederic Sandys|
|Queen Eleanor and Fair Rosamund Evelyn de Morgan|
R is for Red House, Sloshua Reynolds, Rossetti (all three of them), Ruskin and the Royal Academy. It's for Romance and for Rienzi with the long title...
|Rienzi Vowing to continue the YMCA even though his brother has dropped dead...|
It's hard to do one-handed...
|Scapegoat (1854) William Holman Hunt|
|Too Late (1858) William Windus|
|Ulysses and the Sirens (1891) J W Waterhouse|
|(Mr Walker asked for 'V is for Venus' - there you go, dearest)|
|Work (1859-63) Ford Madox Brown|
|Annie, are you okay? Hunt removes Annie from his paintings and life...|
Z is for Zambaco, because nothing else begins with Z that I can think of, seeing as they were never good enough to paint Zebras or Zebedee from The Magic Roundabout.
Anyway, this has gone on far too long and it's time to clear off and go and eat a celebratory cake...
|Chocolate cupcake with a forged Rossetti monogram on top. I call it the Rosa Corder...|