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The Pre-Raphaelites and Their Muses

With their sensual Style, startling realism and ravishing depictions of feminine beauty, the Pre-Raphaelites - Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais - turned the conservative Victorian art establishment on its head. But it is the women who inspired their paintings who made their work truly 'romantic'.

From Effie Gray, Lizzy Siddal and Janey Morris to later muses Georgie Burne-Jones and Mary Zambaco, their images were immortalised on canvas, while their extraordinary lives remained largely unexamined. Yet these 'stunners' and their artists wove a surprisingly modern web of friendships, romance, envy and betrayal. Alongside younger artists such as Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris, their bohemian existence shocked and thrilled nineteenth-century England in equal measure, and the relationships they formed transformed British art forever.

Written with wit and verve, Wives and Stunners offers a dramatic new perspective on a remarkable group of women who lived, loved suffered and even died, all in the name of art.

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Format: Hardback, 315 pages

Dimensions: 16 x 24 x 3cm

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 978-0-230-70940-9