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  • Published: 30 November 2011
  • ISBN: 9781448128068
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

Lady Trevelyan and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood




Fascinating new take on Ruskin and the Pre-Raphaelites, seen through the life of Pauline Trevelyan (1816-1866), who used her own brains and her husband's money to promote the careers of the finest painters and writers of High Victorian cultural life.

An entertaining account of an extraordinary cultural and historical event: - the establishment by one highly intelligent woman of a salon of the arts in a beautiful country house in Northumberland. Wallington Hall was remote from the major centres of artistic activity, such as London and Edinburgh. Yet Pauline Trevelyan single handedly made it the focus of High Victorian cultural life. Among those she attracted into her orbit were Ruskin, Swinburne, the Brownings, the Rossettis (Dante Gabriel, Christina and William Michael), Carlyle, and Millais and other members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.
The penniless but clever daughter of a clergyman, Pauline Jermyn married an older man whom she met through a shared passion for geology. Sir Walter Trevelyan was a philanthropist, teetotal, vegetarian, pacificist ... and very rich. With his encouragement, she collected works of art and decorated Wallington Hall with a cycle of vast paintings on the history of Northumberland. She was a patron of the arts who provided a fostering environment for many of the geniuses of her day. After her death, Swinburne wept every time her name was mentioned.

  • Pub date: 30 November 2011
  • ISBN: 9781448128068
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

About the Author

John Batchelor

John Batchelor has recently retired from the University of Newcastle and is now Emeritus Professor there. Formerly Joseph Cowen Professor of English Literature at Newcastle, he was also a visiting Professor of the University of Lancaster and previously a Fellow of New College Oxford. His books include biographies of Joseph Conrad and John Ruskin, monographs on the work of Virginia Woolf and H.G. Wells, and a study of the Edwardian novel. His most recent book, Lady Trevelyan and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, is a lively biography of Pauline Trevelyan who established a salon of the arts in Wallington, Northumberland.

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Praise for Lady Trevelyan and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood

“The perfect condensed account of Ruskin's life.”

Alain de Botton, Daily Telegraph

“Altogether an inspiring volume, filled with scholarship and love.”

Peter Ackroyd, The Times

“Lucid, timely and important.”

Chris Woodhead, Mail on Sunday

“Excellent new biographical study ... attractively written and well argued, it finds room for a good deal of picturesque detail.”

John Gross, Sunday Times

“A wonderful diary...the author has used to paint a portrait of an age and a woman... critical and touching.”

Contemporary Review


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