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And I really cannot wait for tonight’s episode of Desperate Romantics, as William Holman-Hunt (my favorite Pre-Raphaelite…or they are all favourites really, but if we’re talking about the painter and not their paintings he’s it) is going to return from the Holy Land and therefore, finally, will have grown his beard.  I like looking at pictures of Holman-Hunt  as much as his paintings (much owing to that beard). There is a painting in the NPG of a crowded exhibition room at the Royal Academy, and it was in that painting I first discovered Holman-Hunt, because he stands out so exceptionally as a character himself with his slightly unruly, auburn hair and eccentric fur frock.

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I am really enjoying this tv show. Most of all because it is based on reality. I know everything did not happen exactly like that or in that order of events, and while some things are completely fabricated and others most ridiculously embroidered and almost everything very over-acted, much of it really did happen. Intrigues, rivalry, jealousy, love affairs…most fascinating. And of course the paintings. I love that they are letting the paintings play a role as vital as the people.

And Lizzie. They have turned Amy Manson into an absolute perfect Elizabeth Siddal. It’s worth watching just because of her really.

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(Holman-Hunt self-portrait; photgraph by Hollyer at V&A; Amy Mason as Lizzie Siddal)

I met a lady in the meads,
Full beautiful – a faery’s child,
Her hair was long, her foot was light,
And her eyes were wild

 

Sir William Wterhouse; Sir Frank Dicksee; Frank Cadogan Cowper

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