In the summer of 1848, three young artists formed the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and turned the art world on its head. Since then, John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Holman Hunt have been a source of fascination for scholars and students alike, and the women who inspired their most famous works have also become legendary (particularly Elizabeth Siddal who was the model for Millais' haunting depiction of Ophelia ). As a new BBC series dramatising their professional and personal lives starts, Jane finds out more about these remarkable Victorians from Franny Moyle, author of "Desperate Romantics - The Private Lives of the Pre-Raphaelites", and Jan Marsh, author of "‘The Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood".
Desparate Romantics is broadcast on BBC 2 at 9pm on 21st July
Desperate Romantics - The Private Lives of the Pre-Raphaelites", by Franny Moyle is published by John Murray ISBN-10: 1848540507
Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood by Jan Marsh is published by Quartet Books ISBN-10 0704301695
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