Treasurer and Membership Secretary posts for the Pre‑Raphaelite Society
Michael Wollaston will be standing down as Treasurer and Vice-Chairman of the Society at the forthcoming AGM in October 2017, after serving on the Committee for twenty years. The PRS would like to hear from anyone who might be interested in taking on the role of either Treasurer or the newly created post of Membership Secretary, from November 2017. The main duties of the two posts are described as follows:
The main duties are to maintain the accounting records for the Society; make payments to lecturers, event venues, printers and other suppliers, reimburse committee member expenses, etc.; to receive and bank cheques from miscellaneous parties; produce monthly bank reconciliations; produce bi-monthly accounts for committee meetings plus an annual Treasurer’s Report for presentation at the Annual General Meeting; prepare and submit an annual HM Revenue & Customs Gift Aid claim. The Treasurer would need to attend the five committee meetings plus the Annual General Meeting held in Birmingham each year and will need to be resident in the UK. Expenses such as stationary and postage will be reimbursed.
The main duties for this newly created post are to maintain membership records including status spreadsheets and address label files; to monitor the collection of membership subscriptions through the issue of annual renewal and reminder notices; to receive new member applications; to receive and bank cheques from members and to respond to member queries. Ideally the Membership Secretary would be able to attend the five committee meetings plus the Annual General Meeting held in Birmingham each year and will need to be resident in the UK. Expenses such as stationary and postage will be reimbursed.
To make an enquiry or to discuss the duties more fully, please contact Michael Wollaston on either 01676 530512 or 07739 892309 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications for both posts including curriculum vitae to email@example.com
Closing date for applications: 30th September 2017.
New title: The Late Pre‑Raphaelites and where to find them by David Elliott and Patricia O’Connor
This handy gazetteer provides a wealth of information on the lives of all the leading Pre-Raphaelite artists and their many associates, together with details of the locations of their gravesites.
David Elliott is the grandson of Pre‑Raphaelite artist, connoisseur and art collector Charles Fairfax Murray. Having retired from a successful career in the communications and marketing industries, David now writes and lectures in Pre‑Raphaelite studies. Among his notable books are Charles Fairfax Murray: The Unknown Pre-Raphaelite and A Pre-Raphaelite Marriage: The Lives and Works of Marie Spartali Stillman & William James Stillman.
Patricia O’Connor has been Chairman of the Pre‑Raphaelite Society for the past twenty years. She is interested in all things Victorian particularly art pottery and Arts and Crafts furniture. Her one abiding passion is the artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Patricia writes “I very much enjoyed working with David Elliott on the gazetteer The Late Pre‑Raphaelites and where to find them. The project promised to be an adventure and did not disappoint. Here is an opportunity for the reader to participate in the same adventure”.
Paperback : 45 pages : 59 illustrations : Price £9 incl. P&P for UK (for overseas purchasers please email firstname.lastname@example.org for price details) : ISBN 978‑1‑5272‑0219‑1
To order a copy of The Late Pre‑Raphaelites please email email@example.com or telephone 01676 530512 or 07739 892309 or send a cheque for £9 (UK purchasers only) made payable to ‘The Pre-Raphaelite Society’ to M. Wollaston, 18 Floyd Grove, Balsall Common, Coventry CV7 7RP.
New title: James Collinson (aka “The Dormouse”) by Helen D Newman
As one of the original members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, James Collinson has been largely dismissed, and if he is mentioned at all it is always in relation to his broken engagement to Christina Rossetti following his re-conversion to Roman Catholicism. And yet it was Dante Gabriel Rossetti who was responsible for inviting him to become a founder member of the Brotherhood, labelling him a “stunner”, largely in opposition to the other members who could never quite understand his enthusiasm for a man they considered rather dull and insipid. Recognition, both as a man and an artist is long overdue, and it is hoped that this book goes some way to restoring his reputation.
Helen Newman is a long standing member of the Pre-Raphaelite Society. Birmingham born, she spent the majority of her working life in insurance. Her main areas of interest are 19th century literature, especially the Brontes, art and history. Outside interests include the church and walking.
Paperback // 199 pages // 42 illustrations // Price: £10 plus P&P (in the UK) // ISBN: 978‑0‑9562828‑8‑0
Published by Reuben Books, Foulsham (October 2016)
To order a copy of James Collinson (aka “The Dormouse”) please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Helen on 0121 423 2100
The John Pickard Essay Prize 2017
You are invited to enter a monograph of not more than 2000 words for The John Pickard Essay Prize. The monograph may be on any individual related to the Pre-Raphaelite circle.
The winner will receive £100 prize and publication in the Spring 2018 Review and subsequently the essays of runners-up may also be published. The final decision will be made by the Committee of the Pre-Raphaelite Society.
Entries are to be received by 31st December 2017, and may be emailed to Serena Trowbridge.
The Pre-Raphaelite Society Poetry Prize 2017
Rules for Entry
1st Prize: £50
The three winning poems will be published in the Pre-Raphaelite Society’s Review, along with two Commended poems.
- Entry is open to all writers of any nationality, aged 18 years and over.
- The competition will be judged by the Editor of the Society’s Review, Sally‑Anne Huxtable; and by the Society’s Poet‑in‑Residence, Sarah Doyle. All entries will be seen by both judges.
- Poems may be in any style, but must be written in English.
- Poems must in some way reflect an aspect (or aspects) of the lives or works of the Pre‑Raphaelite Brotherhood or their broader circle.
- Every poem should be accompanied by a brief (maximum 100 words) explanation of how the poem relates to the Pre-Raphaelites.
- Poems must be typed/printed on A4 paper; hand-written entries are not permitted.
- The maximum length for each poem is 100 lines.
- The closing date for the competition is 31st December 2017.
- A maximum of three poems per entrant may be submitted.
- Entry is £2 per poem, or £5 for the maximum of three poems
- Poems must be the entrant’s own work.
- Poems may not have been previously published – in print, electronically or online; nor broadcast via any means (including podcasting); nor exhibited in a public place.
- Poems should not be submitted for consideration elsewhere during the competition and during the subsequent period of adjudication.
- Winning poems should not be submitted for publication elsewhere prior to appearing in the Review.
- Poems may not have won a prize in previous competitions.
- Poems may not be withdrawn or altered once submitted into the competition.
How to Enter
- No identifying marks should appear on the poem/s or on accompanying explanation/s.
- On a SEPARATE sheet of paper, please include your name, address, telephone number, email address and the name/s of your poems.
- Cheques should be made payable to ‘The Pre-Raphaelite Society’.
- Please send TWO COPIES of your poem/s and explanation/s, along with the entrance fee, and one copy of your personal details to:
The Competition Secretary, 21 Shaw Lane, Stoke Prior, Worcestershire B60 4DP
- The judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence can be entered into.
- Entry into the competition implies an understanding and acceptance of the Rules of Entry.
Every year the Pre-Raphaelite Society runs a Poetry Prize and the John Pickard Essay Prize. We are delighted to announce the winners for 2016:
The 2016 John Pickard Essay Prize
The Editor is delighted to announce that the John Pickard Essay Prize winner is Julie Whyman, for her essay ‘Four Flowers and a Funeral’.
Second place is Molly Eckel for ‘Travel and Empire in Julia Margaret Cameron’s Botanical Photograms’.
2016 The Pre-Raphaelite Society Poetry Prize
- First place: Wendy Holborow, ‘The Noble Working Men’
- Second place: John Gallas, “Frederick Sandys Drawing Clouds”
- Third place: Tista Austin, ‘After Millais’
- Poet‑in‑Residence’s commendation: John Gallas, ‘John Brett explains to his wife a day out with no drawing’
- Editor’s commendation: Maria Bennett, ‘et Spiritus’
Congratulations to all winners, whose work will be published in the Spring 2017 issue of the PRS Review.
New Regional Group – London & South of England
The Pre-Raphaelite Society is pleased to announce the formation of a new regional group, based in London, to accommodate members in London and the South of England. The group will be a chance for current Society members and friends to gather in a relaxed and casual atmosphere to socialise and enjoy activities such as pub meets, a book club, local visits and activities and will be open to all PRS members.
You may also like to download the London & South of England survey to fill out ready to take with you to the inuagural meeting!
Do please let us know if you would like to help get another regional group of the PRS up and running by emailing please contact the PRS Secretary, Sharon Peedell-Pandya.
New Publication: Pre-Raphaelite Poetry II
The Pre-Raphaelite Society has published a small book of poems drawn from the entrants to the second Pre-Raphaelite Society Poetry Prize. The poems included are inspired by Pre-Raphaelite paintings, poems and people, and represent the range of inspiration the Pre-Raphaelites provide for poets today. The book’s cover features a new painting by Joanna Gration, called Lizzie and Laura, which was the winner of the 2013 PRS Painting and Drawing Competition.
The book is available on www.lulu.com for £3.99 plus £2.99 p&p. Given rising postage costs, it is cheaper for you to buy it direct from lulu.com than for us to bulk buy copies and post them out. We hope you will enjoy the book.
PRS Appoints New Book Review Editor
We are happy to announce that Katja Robinson has been appointed PRS Book Review Editor. If you have a book on or related to the Pre‑Raphaelite Brotherhood, please feel free to contact Katja by email or by post:
Katja RobinsonPRS Book Review Editor
Art and Architecture Library,
University of Edinburgh,
Minto House 20-22 Chambers Street,
We’re happy to receive anything you would like to send us for review, though we can’t promise to review everything.
Publication of Souvenir Issue of The PRS Review to celebrate 25 years of the Pre-Raphaelite Society – “Dante Gabriel Rossetti”.
We are delighted to see the recent publication of our latest special edition of The Review, and with many colour illustrations, it contains six essays devoted to Dante Gabriel Rossetti plus a poem by Sarah Doyle. Our Editor, Serena Trowbridge, invited our seven contributors to look at Rossetti’s art, poetry and life, considering different aspects of each. This has resulted in an excellent collection of varied and interesting essays, with full colour images and at 76 pages, it is a superb tribute to one of the founding members of the PRB. See The Review section for essay and author details. Copies can be purchased at a cost of £5, including P&P for UK orders – please email the Treasurer using info@pre‑raphaelitesociety.org for further details.
PayPal ‑ new payment arrangements available
Members can now pay their annual subscriptions and make donations via PayPal – using your own Paypal account, and if you don’t have a PayPal account, you can use your own debit/credit card as a PayPal guest. Please see the Membership page for further details.
The Pre-Raphaelite Society is on Twitter
Follow @PreRaphSoc on Twitter for 140 character updates, news and reviews.
Donations to the Society
Thank you to all those members who have recently made generous donations to the Society, along with their annual membership renewals, these are greatly appreciated.
Bequests and donations
The Pre‑Raphaelite Society has always been run on members’ subscription receipts and miscellaneous income. Occasionally, members kindly make donations to our funds, and the committee would, of course, like to encourage this practice. It would also be very helpful, in securing the Society’s financial future, if members considered making a bequest in their Wills.
To find out more about remembering the P.R.S. in your Will, or if you would like to make any form of donation to our funds, please contact the Treasurer, at the following address: Michael Wollaston, 18 Floyd Grove, Balsall Common, Coventry CV7 7RP or email: email@example.com.
Members can also make donations via PayPal – using either their own PayPal account, by debit/credit card as a PayPal guest, or by bank transfer. Please see the Membership page for further details.
New Publication: Pre-Raphaelite Poetry
The Pre‑Raphaelite Society has published a small book of poems drawn from the entrants to the inaugural Pre‑Raphaelite Society Poetry Prize. The poems included relate to Pre‑Raphaelite paintings, poems and people, and represent the range of inspiration Pre‑Raphaelite art and ideals provide for poets today. The book’s cover features a new painting by Frances Buchanan which itself is based on stained glass windows by Edward Burne‑Jones.
The book is available at Lulu.com for £3.99 plus £2.99 p&p. However, members and contributors may order a copy for £5.49 (including p&p) within the UK. Forms will be sent out to members and contributors shortly.
Donations of Pre‑Raphaelite Books
Do you have any surplus new or used Pre‑Raphaelite books (or related art movement) which you could donate to the Pre‑Raphaelite Society? Book sales have proved to be extremely popular with PRS members in the past and all sales proceeds go to the Pre‑Raphaelite Society—where practical we will try to arrange collection of books—if you are able to support the Society in this way, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Pre-Raphaelite Society is now on Facebook
We now have a Facebook group, which will help to keep you up-to-date with events, news and discussions. If you are on Facebook, please come and join our new group on facebook.com.
Launch of PRS Blog
The Pre-Raphaelite Society decided it was time to have more of a web presence and to start blogging to keep our members and anyone interested in the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood informed about what we’re doing, events we are holding, and any other news that might be of interest. So please bear with us while we get this site up and running, bookmark us and come back for more!
The blog is not intended to replace our website, which remains the primary place to go for information about the Society and its work, but is meant to be a more flexible news forum. This is meant to be a parcipitative forum, so do add your comments and let us know what you think!
The blog can be found at: http://preraphaelitesociety.wordpress.com
Editions of The Review will be published in early April, August and December each year. Members are invited to submit articles, essays, book reviews, event reports and short pieces on their favourite poems or paintings for inclusion. Please read the Contributors’ Guidelines for further information.
PRS US Newsletter
Under the enthusiastic stewardship of Tim McGee, The Pre-Raphaelite Society Newsletter of the United States contains articles on American based PRB art collections, notices of upcoming exhibitions and meetings, a directory of current websites, reviews of early exhibitions and stories of the few in the PRB circle that have visited America. All material for publication in the PRSUS Newsletter should be addressed to:
Tim McGeeTim McGee
822 Jewell Ave.