Pre-Raphaelite Sculpture: Nature and Imagination in British Sculpture 1848–1914


ISBN: 978-0-85331-609-1
Artist(s): Various Various
Author(s): Edited by Benedict Read and Joanna Barnes
Format: unspecified
Edition: First
Year published: 1991
Publisher: Lund Humphries
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 176
Illustrations: 8 colour and 130 b&w illustrations

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An increased awareness of the existence of Pre-Raphaelite sculpture over the last decade has been largely due to the writings of Benedict Read. While much has been published on the paintings and poetry of the movement, the sculpture has been relatively neglected. Pre-Raphaelite Sculpture: Nature and imagination in British sculpture 1848–1914 sets out to redress the balance.

One of the original seven members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood was the sculptor Thomas Woolner. He and his Pre-Raphaelite associates produced a spectacular body of work, which ranges from naturalistic portraits to Ideal works based upon literature and mythology. The latter is typified by the group of Paolo and Francesca by Alexander Munro, whose work is thoroughly surveyed here for the first time.

This book, published to accompany the first exhibition devoted entirely to Pre-Raphaelite sculpture, documents the emergence and development of this area of art. Nine detailed essays discuss the sculptors’ lives and works and draw together a wealth of new and unpublished material. The influence of Burne-Jones on later sculptors of the calibre of George Frampton, Robert Anning Bell, William Reynolds-Stephens and Alfred Gilbert is also explored in a pioneering contribution by John Christian. The fully illustrated catalogue section covers many of the movement’s key works and contains examples of works by Bernhard Smith, John Hancock and John Lucas Tupper, whose sculpture was hitherto virtually unknown.


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