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John Pickard Essay Competition 2018

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 2019 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 2018, and may be emailed to Sally-Anne Huxtable (

PRS Poetry Prize Winners 2017

Every year the Pre-Raphaelite Society runs a Poetry Prize alongside the John Pickard Essay Prize.

The 2017 Pre-Raphaelite Poetry Prize
The Editor is delighted to announce that the Poetry Prize winner is awarded to Susan Castillo Street for her poem ‘Bird of God’

Second place is Amanda Oosthuizen for ‘Bells and Marigolds’

Third place is Frances Sackett for ‘Two Faces of a Daugher’

The Poet in Residence’s commendation goes to Wendy Holborow for ‘The Seeds and Fruit of English Poetry’

And the Vice-President’s commendation goes to Eithne Cullen for ‘The Poet on a Pony’

Congratulations to the winners of the Poetry Prize. These poems will be featured in a future issue of the PRS Review.

Competition details for The Pre-Raphaelie Poetry Prize will be released soon.

John Pickard Essay Prize Competition Winners 2017

Every year the Pre-Raphaelite Society runs a Poetry Prize and the John Pickard Essay Prize. We are delighted to announce the winners for 2017:

The 2017 John Pickard Essay Prize

The Editor is delighted to announce that the John Pickard Essay Prize winner is Katherine Hinzman, for her essay ‘‘It is clear I am a heretic’: Edward Burne-Jones, Theology, and Artistic ‘Heresy’’.

Second place is Melissa Gustin for ‘Pomegranates in Autumn: Ruminations on Rossetti’s Final Proserpine’.

Third place is David Billingsley for ‘The drawings behind Pre-Raphaelite love and death’.

Review Layout post for the Pre-Raphaelite Society

The Review of the Pre-Raphaelite Society is currently looking for a volunteer with recent experience in creating layouts for publication, to work with the Editor to help publish the Review three times per year (February, June and November). Must have experience of working with Adobe InDesign, as well as PDF and Word documents.

Please address expressions of interest to the Editor Sally-Anne Huxtable Tel: 0131 247 4376.

Treasurer and Mailing Coordinator posts for the Pre-Raphaelite Society

Michael Wollaston retired from the posts of Treasurer and Vice-Chairman of the Society at the recent 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 Mailing Coordinator, with immediate effect. The main duties of the two posts are described as follows:

Treasurer – 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.

Mailing Coordinator – the main duties for this newly created post are to coordinate all printed material in readiness for the three mailings made to PRS members annually plus the sending of welcome packs for new subscribing members. Duties include sourcing flyers for related books and exhibitions; the preparation of mailing envelopes; liaison with the Review Editor, events officers, Review printer; arrange for collection of printed material from printer; printing of event and other related notices; insertion of printed material into envelopes; delivery of envelopes to Royal Mail outlet. Complimentary publications are also sent to Review contributors and institutional libraries. Ideally the Mailing Coordinator 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

Applications for both posts including curriculum vitae to

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 for price details) : ISBN 978 1 5272 0219 1

To order a copy of The Late Pre Raphaelites please email 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: or call Helen on 0121 423 2100

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.

If you are interested, please contact Sharon Peedell-Pandya, PRS Secretary, or Madeleine Pearce, the new London and Southern Group coordinator, so that an appropriately-sized venue can be chosen.

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

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 for £3.99 plus £2.99 p&p. Given rising postage costs, it is cheaper for you to buy it direct from than for us to bulk buy copies and post them out. We hope you will enjoy the book.

Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.

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 Robinson

PRS 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.