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The Pre-Raphaelites In Their Time Sarah Stopford Monday 18 November 2019

These sumptuous paintings are now among the highlights of nineteenth century British art, but in their day they caused public outrage. In 1848 seven young artists, including Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais, formed a secret society, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Taking their inspiration from early Renaissance painting, they set out to challenge the artistic establishment with a heady mix that combined rebellion, beauty, scientific precision and imaginative grandeur and constituted Britain’s first modern art movement. The Pre-Raphaelite environment was broad, stretching across the fine and decorative arts, responding to a fast-changing religious and political climate, and in its relationship to women practitioners. 


Sarah Stopford is a guide and lecturer at Tate Britain and Tate Modern. Studied art history as part of her first degree at Harvard. After a further degree in English at Cambridge and a career as a teacher of English literature in both the United States and England, she has returned to the world of art history where her special interests are in British and post-1900 art as well as the connections between literature and the visual arts.