The magnificent reviews for the new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, Pre-Raphaelite Sisters, which opens on 17 October and runs until January 26, have been very exciting to read. The Times this Saturday hails the 130-odd exhibits, many seen for the very first time, as an exhibition which ‘aims to bring these women out of the shadows and to recast our understanding of the Pre-Raphaelite movement as a broader collective’.

I knew all about this of course, as Quartet first published Jan Marsh’s Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood in 1985. It has never been unavailable since and we have just reprinted a new edition with a specially written Afterword by Dr Marsh.

Jan Marsh is the curator of the new exhibition and one of the leading experts on the Victorian period, and particularly the Pre-Raphaelites and William Morris. The Times declared the book ‘required reading for all future historians of the movement’ on the book’s first publication.

The NPG show will be what they call a ‘blockbuster’ and, of course, copies of the book are everywhere on sale at the gallery, but why not get a copy to read before you go and impress all your friends with intimate gossip about the artists on display there?


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