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Into the Frame

by Angela Thirlwell

PUBLISHED: 3rd February 2011
ISBN: 9781844139149
ANNOTATION:
Madox Brown, who grew up in France and Belgium before he came to England and won fame with paintings like 'The Last of England', was always an outsider, and the women he loved also burst out of stereotypes.
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PUBLISHED: 3rd February 2011
ISBN: 9781844139149
ANNOTATION:
Madox Brown, who grew up in France and Belgium before he came to England and won fame with paintings like 'The Last of England', was always an outsider, and the women he loved also burst out of stereotypes.

Annotation

Madox Brown, who grew up in France and Belgium before he came to England and won fame with paintings like 'The Last of England', was always an outsider, and the women he loved also burst out of stereotypes.

Publisher Description

Remarkably, there has been only one biography of Ford Madox Brown in the past century and none at all of the four women in his life, his two wives, Elisabeth Bromley and Emma Hill, and his secret passions, the artist Marie Spartali and the author Mathilde Blind. All four were remarkable women, from very different backgrounds, striving for self-expression in an age that sought to suppress them. Madox Brown himself was always an outsider and refused to join any group - even the Pre-Raphaelites with whom he was so closely associated, and the women he loved burst out of received stereotypes, telling us much about women's journey towards modern roles.Elisabeth Bromley was born in 1818, the year Mary Shelley published Frankenstein; Marie Spartali died in 1927, a year before all women won the vote. Their lives - full of passion, sexual longing, tragedy and determination - take us from the English countryside and the artist's studio, to a Europe in turmoil and revolution.These are not silent muses hidden in the shadow of the 'Master'. They step out of the shadows and into the picture, speaking with voices we can hear and understand. Romantic and illuminating, richly illustrated throughout, Into the Frame is a rare opportunity to explore a fascinating area of Victorian bohemianism, based on new research and written with verve and sympathy.

Author Biography

Angela Thirlwell read English at Oxford and lectured at Birkbeck College, University of London until 1999. Her books include the Folio Anthology of Autobiography (1994), The Pre-Raphaelites and their World (editor, 1995) and William and Lucy- The Other Rossettis (Yale, 2003).

Review

Compulsively readable... Engrossing Times Literary Supplement Angela Thirlwell is entirely confortable in the world inhabited by the Pre-Raphaelites, and her earlier study of William Rossetti deserved the plaudits heaped on it. Now she has turned to Ford Madox Brown and once again has proved to be an able scholar who turns meticulous research into a seamless narrative.... An excellent account, lovingly narrated and wise in its judgements -- Trevor Royle Herald A humane and intelligent book... an up-close, colourfully detailed study of the interweaving lives and passions of a small group of sophisticated Victorians -- Serena Davies Daily Telegraph Thirlwell has written a moving and absorbing book about Victorian marriage, ambition and unrequited love -- Frances Wilson Sunday Times [A] beautifully written, emotionally intelligent and finely detailed account... What impresses is how richly informative is this history of individual lives, about the period as a whole, its culture, and material existence -- Frances Spalding Independent

Product Details

Author
Angela Thirlwell
Year
2011
ISBN-10
184413914X
ISBN-13
9781844139149
Media
Book
Publication Date
2011-02-03
Subtitle
The Four Loves of Ford Madox Brown
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Pages
336
Language
English
Format
Paperback
Short Title
INTO THE FRAME
Publisher
Vintage Publishing
Illustrations
8
Audience
General/Trade