Pre-Raphaelite Girl Gang

Fifty Makers, Shakers and Heartbreakers from the Victorian Era

Kirsty Stonell Walker

Pre-Raphaelite Girl Gang

Kirsty Stonell Walker

Distributed for Unicorn Publishing Group

With Illustrations by Kingsley Nebechi
208 pages | 150 color plates | 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 | © 2018
Cloth $22.95 ISBN: 9781911604631 Will Publish October 2018 For Sale in USA and Canada Only
We mostly know the women of the Pre-Raphaelite movement through their appearances in paintings: long-haired beauties with sad eyes who simultaneously seem historical and contemporary. But women played a much bigger role in the movement than that, as Pre-Raphaelite Girl Gang shows.

            Telling the stories of fifty women—duchesses to laundresses—who were involved with the Pre-Raphaelites, this book brings together stunning illustrations and little known stories to rewrite the history of an artistic movement that has held its popularity for more than a century. From models to artists, these women all contributed something personal and incredible towards the most beautiful and imaginative art movement in the world. Redefining what it meant to be attractive and influential in a male-dominated world, they broke new ground in art, business, and women’s rights. In these pages we learn more about faces long familiar from classic paintings, but we also meet women who worked behind the scenes. Together, these portraits recast our understanding of the Pre-Raphaelites and reveal an enchanting, revolutionary band of women who remain unlikely and compelling role models today.
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