Events

Upcoming events for the PRS are detailed below. To reserve places for Society events please print and complete a PRS Event Booking Form. Please return the form plus your payment (include one cheque per event) at least one week before the event date.

 

23 March 2019
Lecture by Robert Wilkes – ‘The Art of Frederic George Stephens, PRB.’

Venue: Birmingham & Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street, Birmingham. B3 3BS. John Peek Conference Room. Lecture starts 11.00 am (Reception from 10.30 am).

This illustrated lecture will explore the art of F. G. Stephens (1827–1907), an overlooked founding member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Stephens’s small oeuvre has been neglected and even dismissed by scholars of the movement. He was the first PRB to depict subjects from Tennyson and Chaucer and was committed to painting directly from nature in accordance with the Pre-Raphaelite principles. The lecture will also present newly discovered paintings and sketches by Stephens which provide fresh insights into his artistic practice and will place his work in the wider context of Pre-Raphaelite production.

Robert Wilkes is a third-year PhD candidate in History of Art and English at Oxford Brookes University. He holds BA and MA degrees from Oxford Brookes and the University of York. He has published articles on Pre-Raphaelitism in the British Art Journal and the Pre-Raphaelite Society Review and has previously presented at the National Gallery and the Royal Academy.


13 April 2019
Lecture by Dr Ellie Pridgeon – ‘The Pre-Raphaelites and their Circle: The Influence of the Medieval World on Nineteenth-Century Mural Paintings.’

Venue: Birmingham & Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street, Birmingham. B3 3BS. John Peek Conference Room. Lecture starts 11.00 am (Reception from 10.30 am).

This talk will examine the impact of medieval art and architecture on the content and iconography of Pre-Raphaelite painting, focusing on 19th century murals such as Morris and Rossetti’s Morte d’Arthur paintings at the Oxford Union Library; recently-discovered paintings by Burne-Jones, Rossetti, Siddal, Brown and Morris at the Red House, Bexleyheath; and the Clayton and Bell murals at Freedland, Oxfordshire. The talk will also assess the influence of the medieval period on 19th century wall painting techniques, processes and pigments, and the significance of Thomas Gambier Parry’s ‘spirit fresco’ invention.

Dr Ellie Pridgeon FSA lectures in History of Art and Architecture at the universities of Leicester, Oxford and Cambridge. Her research and publications focus on medieval and post-Reformation wall paintings in England and Wales. Ellie is especially interested in the architectural and art historical influences of the medieval period on the work of the Pre-Raphaelites and other 19th century artists.


18 May 2019
Lecture by Colin Cruise – ‘Starting with Illumination: Rossetti, Burne-Jones and medieval painting’

Venue: Birmingham & Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street, Birmingham. B3 3BS. John Peek Conference Room. Lecture starts 11.00 am (Reception from 10.30 am).

This talk revisits the topic of medieval illumination as an inspiration for Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s 1850s’ watercolours, examining some of the inspirations for his ground-breaking sequence of works, chiefly on Arthurian themes. Attention then turns to Burne-Jones’s first drawings and watercolours in which Rossetti’s generalised ‘aesthetic’ of illumination is transformed – rather than simply copied – by the younger artist. The paper compares and contrasts works from these phases of each artist’s career to analyse the significant differences that medieval illumination inspired in their imaginative practices.

Following his recent retirement from a full-time, university professorial position Colin Cruise works as an independent art history researcher and as a writer and lecturer. He is the author of Pre-Raphaelite Drawing (Thames and Hudson, 2011); he has also written for the Tate Britain exhibition catalogues Queer Art in Britain (2017) and Edward Burne-Jones (2018), as well as for the Lowry Centre exhibition, Lowry and the Pre-Raphaelites (2018).


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Past Events

12 January 2019
Lecture by Kirsty Stonell Walker – “Gathering the Girl Gang: How Women enhance the Pre-Raphaelite narrative.’
Venue: Birmingham & Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street, Birmingham. B3 3BS. John Peek Conference Room. Lecture starts 11.00 am (Reception from 10.30 am).

Kirsty’s lecture focuses on how studying the women in the Pre-Raphaelite story helps us see the art from different angles. The models especially are often seen as inconsequential in the biographies of the Brotherhood, but their stories can both challenge and enhance our appreciation of the art and the stories around the paintings. Painters, writers, models, sculptors, wives and daughters all have a part to play in our understanding of the term ‘Pre-Raphaelite’ and their part should be celebrated.

It was while studying for her degree that Kirsty became immersed in the life and loves of the Pre-Raphaelites. The plight of ‘bad girl’ Fanny Cornforth fascinated her so much she spent a decade researching her life and wrote her biography Stunner: The Fall and Rise of Fanny Cornforth. Since 2011 she has written a blog The Kissed Mouth, where she publishes original research on the many models of the Pre-Raphaelites. She has also written two novels about Victorian artists.

16 February 2019
Lecture by Sarah Hardy: Founding the De Morgan Collection: Did Mrs Stirling write her sister out of Art history?’

Venue: Birmingham & Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street, Birmingham. B3 3BS. John Peek Conference Room. Lecture starts 11.00 am (Reception from 10.30 am).

Evelyn De Morgan defied her gender and class to become a radical professional female artist. She was associated with Pre-Raphaelite, Symbolist and Neo-Classical movements, as well as being closely acquainted with canons of British art such as G.F. Watts, Edward Burne-Jones and Lord Leighton. She held solo exhibitions in her own lifetime and was commercially successful, attracting well-known patrons such as William Imrie, owner of the White Star Line. How then has her reputation been almost forgotten, her artworks hidden away or destroyed and her name written out of art history?

De Morgan Foundation Curator, Sarah Hardy, will explain how the Foundation came to own the world’s largest, most comprehensive collection of artworks by Evelyn De Morgan, and how this has been both to the detriment and success of Evelyn’s place in art history. Sarah studied art History at Durham University and the University of Manchester. She is a Victorian Arts & Crafts specialist.


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Events from 2018

27 January 2018: Lecture by Dr. Katie Faulkner – ‘Pre-Raphaelite Sculpture’.

17 February 2018: Lecture by Brendan Flynn – ‘The Gaskins – An Arts and Crafts Partnership’.

24 March 2018: Lecture by Thomas Hughes – ‘The Rose and The Worm: – Ruskin, Pater and ‘Realism’ in Nineteenth Century Painting’.

28 April 2018: Lecture by Dr Nic Peeters – ‘Evelyn De Morgan in Italy: A journey in the footsteps of a Pre-Raphaelite Artist inspired by the Quattrocento’.

26 May 2018: Lecture by Michael Fisher – ‘Guarding the Pugin Flame: John Hardman Powell, 1827-1895’.

16 June 2018: Lecture by Dr Sally Anne Huxtable – ‘The Drama of the Soul: The Art And Design of Phoebe Anna Traquair 1852-1936’.

21 July 2018: Visit to Biddulph Old Hall, Stoke on Trent

22 September 2018: Lecture by Katherine Hinzman – ‘’Things that will never be out of me’: Edward Burne-Jones’s Theology of Art’.

27 October 2018: AGM and Founder’s Day Lecture

10 November 2018: Visit to Tate Britain for the exhibition ‘Edward Burne-Jones’.


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Events from 2017

21 January 2017: Lecture by Helen Bratt Wyton – “Hidden Wightwick and the Acquisition of its Collection”. Venue: Birmingham & Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street.

25 February 2017: Lecture by Dr. Lucy Ella Rose – “Evelyn De Morgan: The Metamorphic Mermaid”. Venue: Birmingham & Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street.

18 March 2017: Lecture by Wendy Holborow – “Work: Forward Motion”. Venue: Birmingham & Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street, Birmingham.

22 April 2017: Visit to Biddulph Old Hall, Stoke-on-Trent with tour by owner Nigel Daly.

13 May 2017: Lecture by Patrick Baty – “The Artists of the Artists Rifles”. Venue: Birmingham & Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street, Birmingham.

24 June 2017: Lecture by Colin Cruise – “The Cloister and the Laboratory: Rossetti between the Past and the Present”. Venue: Birmingham & Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street, Birmingham.

29 July 2017: Lecture by Dr Ayla Lepine – “Pre-Raphaelite Religon and Religious Pre-Raphaelites”. Venue: Birmingham & Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street, Birmingham.

23 September 2017: Visit to Standen House and Garden, East Grinstead, West Sussex – by coach from Central Birmingham.

21 October 2017: AGM – Annual General Meeting and Founder’s Day Lecture titled ‘The Neo Pre-Raphaelites: Taking Pre-Raphaelitism into the 21st Century’ with Dr. Anne Anderson. Venue: Birmingham & Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street, Birmingham.

11 November 2017: Lecture by Dr. Peter Bryden – ‘Social Realism and Victorian Art’. Venue: Birmingham & Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street, Birmingham.


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Events from 2016

16 January 2016: Lecture by Dr Jordan Kistler – ‘Arthur O’Shaughnessy: A Pre-Raphaelite Poet in the British Museum’. Venue: Birmingham & Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street.

13 February 2016: Private tour by Dennis Lanigan of the exhibition ‘Beauty’s Awakening: Drawings by the Pre‐Raphaelites and Their Contemporaries from the Lanigan Collection’, Leighton House, London.

28 February 2016: London and Southern Group Book Club- reading Jan Marsh’s ‘The Legend of Elizabeth Siddal’. Venue: The basement of Costa Coffee, 112 Southampton Row, London., 2p.m.

19 March 2016: Lecture by Dr. Robyne Calvert – ‘The Myth of Pre-Raphaelite Dress’. Venue: Birmingham & Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street.

2 April 2016: London and Southern Group- A guided walk of Pre-Raphaelite Bloomsbury. Venue: Starting in Red Lion Square and finishing with a picnic and poetry reading in Russell Square.

23 April 2016: Lecture by Professor Anna Gruetzner-Robins – ‘Remembering Rossetti’. Venue: Birmingham & Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street.

21 May 2016: Visit to the exhibition ‘Poetry in Beauty: The Pre-Raphaelite Art of Marie Spartali Stillman’ Venue: Watts Gallery Compton, Surrey.

22 May 2016: London and Southern Group Book Club- TBC on February members’ vote. Venue: The basement of Costa Coffee, 112 Southampton Row, London., 2p.m.

25 June 2016: Lecture by Julia Dudkiewicz – ‘Dante Gabriel Rossetti at Kelmscott Manor (1871-1874): An Examination of The Marigolds (1874) and Rossetti’s Possessions Left at Kelmscott’. Venue: Birmingham & Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street.

23 July 2016: Lecture by Claire Yearwood Munn – ‘Mirrors in Pre-Raphaelite Art’. Venue: Birmingham & Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street.

September 2016: Lecture by Dr Fiona Mann ‘Edward Burne-Jones and Watercolour Painting 1857-1898’ Venue: Birmingham & Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street.

29 October 2016: Annual General Meeting and Founder’s Day lecture by Dr Serena Trowbridge – ‘The Poetry of Elizabeth Siddal’ Venue: Birmingham & Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street, Birmingham – AGM starts at 10.30 a.m. with lecture at 12.00 p.m.

19 November 2016: Lecture by Dr Angie Dunstan – ‘‘Shaping the Invisible Sculptor’: The Life’s Work of Thomas Woolner PRB RA.’ Venue: Birmingham & Midland Institute.


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