Henry Holiday · Music · Musical Portraits · Pre-Raphaelite · Research

The Mysterious Priscilla W: Pre-Raphaelite Model & Musician

My research on the connections between musicians and artists in late nineteenth-century London has led me towards a number of bohemian families. Often, I’m finding, the daughters of well-known artists became musicians – or vice versa. These women played a vital role in connecting the communities they were part of, and many were also extremely… Continue reading The Mysterious Priscilla W: Pre-Raphaelite Model & Musician

Books · Burne-Jones · Celebrity · Musical Portraits · Paderewski · Pre-Raphaelite · Research

Paderewski’s Autograph Book

In my last post I introduced Jan Paderewski, the Polish pianist, Prime Minister and all-round polymath. He’s one of the key figures in my project Musical Portraits in Bohemian London, which explores connections between artists and musicians during the late-Victorian and Edwardian periods. Łazienki Park, Warsaw (which I completely fell in love with!) Edward Burne-Jones, Portrait… Continue reading Paderewski’s Autograph Book

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Introducing Paderewski

It’s been a long time since I updated my blog, so I thought it was about time I got back on it – especially as I’ve (finally!) started some exciting new projects. The first of these is entitled Musical Portraits in Bohemian London: 1870 – 1930. I was lucky enough to be awarded an Understanding British… Continue reading Introducing Paderewski

Autobiography · Music · Opera

Dragonetti & His Dolls: The Musician Who Married a Mannequin

Autobiographies of nineteenth-century performers are a lot of fun to work with. They are, without exception, filled will all manner of bizarre and surprising anecdotes. In a previous post I discussed the opera singer Henry Phillips (1801-1876), who wrote about the way in which he was influenced by American Indian dance.  Today I am returning… Continue reading Dragonetti & His Dolls: The Musician Who Married a Mannequin

Exhibition · Pre-Raphaelite · Review

Review | Pre-Raphaelites: Beauty and Rebellion

I’ve recently been spending a lot of time in Liverpool, as the exhibition I curated was on display at the city’s Central Library last month. On my last trip I found some time to head next door to the Walker Art Gallery to see the exhibition Pre-Raphaelites: Beauty and Rebellion. I was very glad I… Continue reading Review | Pre-Raphaelites: Beauty and Rebellion

Autobiography · Music · Opera

An American Indian War Dance on the Operatic Stage in 1824

One of the best things about working with the autobiographies of opera singers is the curious and unexpected anecdotes that you frequently come across. Today I’ve been re-reading the memoirs of Henry Phillips, a popular bass singer of the early nineteenth century. His autobiography, Musical and Personal Recollections During Half a Century, was published in… Continue reading An American Indian War Dance on the Operatic Stage in 1824