As you might have guessed from Grace's comment yesterday, there is a bit of a shock, announced loud and proud at the beginning of the catalogue. Carlos Peacock, what a fabulous name, gave us the fact that 'in the past it has been customary to include paintings by Burne-Jones as examples of Pre-Raphaelite work.' Well, uh-oh, I feel trouble coming. Burne-Jones is now unquestionably part of the Pre-Raphaelite story, but in the humble opinion of Mr Peacock, Ned symbolised 'the wan ghost of Pre-Raphaelitism', offering 'necromantic' 'bloodless aestheticism'. Meow. However, as he thought Ned was a pretty good draughtsman, he included a couple of his drawings. How kind.
|Head of a Girl|
|Seated Woman Holding a Musical Instrument|
These were the pictures Mr Peacock chose, and I am left somewhat underwhelmed. Where is The Beguiling of Merlin? Phyllis and Demophon? Let alone The Depths of the Sea? Ned is relegated to a mention about the group that painted the Oxford Union Debating Chamber, along with William Morris and Arthur Hughes. Mind you, Arthur Hughes gets far more page room...
|Ophelia (1852) Arthus Hughes|
|Fair Rosamund (1854)|
|Clerk Saunders (1857) Elizabeth Siddall (sic)|
I was delighted to see William Windus included, even though it wasn't Too Late...
|Study of a Young Woman (1880)|
|The Second Duchess|
|Coast Scene near Dunbar (1847)|
Rather a surprise entry is Robert Braithwaite Martineau. I love his romantic images, and his minute detail, in this, possibly his finest picture...
|Kit's Writing Lesson (1852)|
Tomorrow we'll talk about the surprises, both of who was included and who wasn't. Who did they think counted and who do we value now? I'll give you a clue, Lizzie wouldn't have had to queue for the ladies loo at the 1951 Pre-Raphaelite party....