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Not as stunning as it could be.
on 30 November 2012
This is nicely written, but doesn't really do what it says in the title. It is supposed to be about "The Pre Raphaelites and their Muses", however of the original brotherhood it only really covers John Millais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, leaving out Collinson, Woolner, Stephens and Wlliam Rossetti almost completely and sidelining Hunt who had a fascinating and complicated love life. Effie Millais has recently been the subject of two good biographies, Gabriel's wife and muse Elizabeth Siddal has been the subject of an excellent study,so it is disappointing that over half the book focuses on their stories. It then switches to the triangle of Gabriel, William Morris and his wife Jane and Burne-Jones his wife and some of his lovers, both exhaustively covered by Fiona MacCarthy. So there is very little that is new here. I found the now out of print Pre Raphaelites in Love had much more material in it and covered the stories of Annie Miller and Fanny Cornforth in much greater detail.