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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

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