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Models, Muses and Mistresses: The Women of Pre-Raphaelite Art

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A talk by Kirsty Stonell-Walker on Fanny Cornforth.

Whilst it was mainly male artists who created Pre-Raphaelite art, it was women who inspired them. These models had fascinating lives that involved fame, love, adultery and madness. Come explore the lives of the famous, and not-so-famous, Pre-Raphaelite women and discover which two models ended up in asylums, which model’s face was scarred by a jealous boyfriend, which muse died in happy obscurity in an unmarked grave with her husband and daughter, and which model’s funeral was front page news.

Kirsty Stonell Walker is an art historian and novelist, best known for her work on the Pre-Raphaelite model Fanny Cornforth. She writes the Victorian art blog The Kissed Mouth and is the author of Stunner: The Fall and Rise of Fanny Cornforth, and the novels A Curl of Copper and Pearl and We Are Villains All.

Sunday 23rd April, 2pm

Free of charge to museum ticket holders. Please pre-book as places are limited.


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23rd April 17 - 23rd April 17

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To book a place please call 01202 451820 (lines open Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 4.30pm) or drop into the museum.