Pre-Raphaelite drawing / Colin Cruise.

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Publisher: London : Thames & Hudson, 2011.Description: 248 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour) ; 29 cm.ISBN: 0500238812; 9780500238813.Subject(s): Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood -- Exhibitions | Art, British -- 19th century -- ExhibitionsLooking glass | Artists -- Biographies | Arts and crafts movementLooking glass | Pre-Raphaelitism -- ExhibitionsNote: Published on the occasion of the exhibition the Poetry of drawing: Pre-Raphaelite designs, studies and watercolours held at the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, 29 January - 15 May 2011 and at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 17 June - 4 September 2011.Note: Bibliography: pages 237-241. - Includes index.
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The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood was a group of radical young artists who banded together in London in 1848. This book explores the vital role played by drawing and design in the work of the Brotherhood and their associates and followers. Alongside nudes and figure studies are the group's portraits, self-portraits, and caricatures that were often exchanged as gifts between friends; delicate studies of nature by John Ruskin and John Brett; scenes derived from religious, literary, and medieval sources; captivating studies of the iconic Pre-Raphaelite models Lizzie Siddal and Jane Morris; and original designs for stained glass, textiles, and ceramics.The book explores the full variety of Pre-Raphaelite drawing and demonstrates the impact that it had on turn-of-the-century British art movements such as Aestheticism, Symbolism, and Art Nouveau. Illustrated with the most important Pre-Raphaelite drawings from public and private collections in Britain--including striking works by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Holman Hunt, and Edward Burne- Jones that have never before been exhibited or reproduced--it offers an intimate look into the enchanting world of the Pre-Raphaelites.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition the Poetry of drawing: Pre-Raphaelite designs, studies and watercolours held at the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, 29 January - 15 May 2011 and at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 17 June - 4 September 2011.

Bibliography: pages 237-241. - Includes index.

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Library Journal Review

Cruise's (art, Aberystwyth Univ., Wales; Love Revealed: Simeon Solomon and the Pre-Raphaelites) book accompanies an exhibition at the Birmingham Art Museum in England, the most comprehensive survey to date of Pre-Raphaelite works on paper. The exhibition stemmed from the museum's large collection of Pre-Raphaelite drawings donated in 1906 by the artist Charles Fairfax Murray. The book successfully demonstrates that the art of drawing was of central importance to the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and its associates. Without a doubt, the four artists emphasized in these pages-William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and Edward Burne-Jones-were gifted draftsmen. Other Pre-Raphaelite artists are examined as well, however, as is the diverse subject matter they depicted. Chapters are devoted to academic drawings, particularly of nudes; the exploration of nature in drawings, as influenced by the ideas of John Ruskin; portraits and caricatures; the influence of subjects taken from modern life as well as from biblical and medieval sources; Pre-Raphaelite book illustration; and how drawings were used in the design of stained glass, tiles, furniture, textiles, and other decorative arts. VERDICT This beautifully illustrated book is recommended for readers interested in 19th-century English art and design.--Sandra Rothenberg, Framingham State Univ. Lib., MA (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


A welcome addition to the scholarship of British art and the 19th century, Pre-Raphaelite Drawing offers an extensive survey of the vitality, prevalence, and importance of drawing among this circle of artists. Cruise (Aberystwyth Univ.) pays attention to drawing as process as much as product in his recounting of early artistic training, the varied media employed in the act of drawing (pencil, pen and ink, silverpoint, chalk, and watercolor), and thematic content where drawings serve as studies for finished compositions, subjects of portraiture and caricature, and companions to the design and production of stained glass, ceramics, and printed textiles. Discussion of the Pre-Raphaelite approach to drawing as a central activity that sought to challenge the Royal Academy bears witness to the varied approaches yielding flattened outlines and stylization, truth to detail and accuracy gleaned from direct study of nature, and the imaginative retreat into literature and reverie. Richly illustrated and supplemented by notes, checklist, bibliography, and index, this catalogue for the exhibition The Poetry of Drawing is vital for understanding the place of drawing among this circle of artists and the larger cultural milieu of late-19th-century art and design that includes Aestheticism, Symbolism, and Art Nouveau. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through professionals/practitioners. J. Decker Georgetown College

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Colin Cruise has lectured and published widely on Victorian art, literature, and religion. Since 2006 he has been a research lecturer at the School of Art, Aberystwyth University, Wales.