21 October 2019


On the Post this week: the five Pre-Raphaelite women painters – featured in Pre-Raphaelite Sisters: Models, Artists, Muses at the National Portrait Gallery – of whom, shamefully, we have never heard. First, Marie Spartali Stillman (1844-1927). Here is an excellent piece about her in The New Criterion and this is Love’s Messenger, an 1885 watercolour which is now in Delaware. ‘It is a “problem picture,” an implied story of hints and missed details. The model for this painting was Spartali Stillman’s daughter Euphrosyne “Effie” Stillman who, by going on to study at the Slade under Alphonse Legros and exhibit as a sculptor at the Royal Academy, inherited her mother’s talent as well as her predicament.’