Art · Henry Holiday · Music · Musical Portraits · Research · Winifred Holiday · Women

Winifred Raven Holiday: Musician

One of my current research projects focuses on a particular social set of artists and musicians that came together in West London during the late nineteenth century. Though its most illustrious members (including Pre-Raphaelite painters and famous concert pianists) were men, the women of the group have their own important stories to tell. I’ve found… Continue reading Winifred Raven Holiday: Musician

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

Burne-Jones · Music · Musical Portraits · Paderewski · Pre-Raphaelite · Uncategorized

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