Conference programme

DAY 1 (12 December 2019)

09.30 – 10.00        Registration and coffee/tea

10.00 – 10.15        Welcome and opening remarks by Elizabeth Prettejohn

10.15 – 11.25        Session 1     The Starting Point: Elizabeth Eleanor Rossetti (née Siddall) 

Serena Trowbridge   Elizabeth Siddall: Pre-Raphaelite Poet

Helena Cox   Alžběta Siddallová and the Czech Rossetti

Natalie Reeve   ‘An Hour Before the Day’: Medievalist Methodologies and the Book of Hours in Elizabeth Siddall’s Clerk Saunders

11.25 – 11.45        Break

11.45 – 12.55        Session 2     Other Female Artists

Cory Korkow   Emma Sandys and Issues of Family Resemblance

Christine Neubauer   The Art of Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale in the Context of First-Wave Feminism

Susie Beckham   Anna Alma-Tadema

12.55 – 14.00        Lunch

14.00 – 15.00        Session 3     The Iconic Faces

Brian Eaton   Fanny Eaton: Did She See Herself as a Pre-Raphaelite Muse?

Suzanne Fagence Cooper   Effie Millais (née Gray)

Marte Stinis   Maria Zambaco in Bronze: L’Amour Irrésistible, Power, and Desire

15.10 – 15.30        Break

15.30 – 16.30        Keynote 1    Kirsty Stonell Walker   ‘No importance, no meaning, apart from Rossetti’: Fanny Cornforth’s Struggle for Biography in the Lives of Lovers and Others

16.30 – 16.35        Closing remarks and end of Day 1

DAY 2 (13 December 2019)

09.30 – 09.55        Coffee/tea and networking

09.55 – 10.00        Welcome to Day 2

10.00 – 11.00        Session 4     Out of the Shadows…

Nick Shaddick   La Belle Anglaise and her Sisters: Clementina Maud Hawarden, Elite Performativity and International Realist Pictoriality

Anna Maria Barry   Edith Hipkins: Artist and Collector

Debbie Innes   Kate Faulkner and the Ionides Piano

11.00 – 11.30        Break

11.30 – 13.00        Session 5     New Approaches

Hannah Squire   Curating Beyond Ophelia: Only the Second Solo Exhibition of Elizabeth Eleanor Siddall’s Work

Kimberly Wahl   Practice and Portrayal: The Dress Cultures of Pre-Raphaelite Aestheticism

Robyne Calvert   Dismantling Pre-Raphaelite Dress: Facts & Fictions in Women’s Artistic Satrorial Practices

Helen Victoria Murray   Artist to Archetype: Reclaiming Pre-Raphaelite Women’s Narratives in Neo-Victorianism

13.00 – 14.00        Lunch and networking

14.00 – 15.00        Open Discussion Session   The Future

Includes talks by contemporary artists Marina Elphick and Margje Bijl, whose works respond closely to Pre-Raphaelite women and re-evaluate statuses as models and muses.

15.00 – 15.20        Break

15.20 – 16.20        Keynote 2    Jan Marsh   Pre-Raphaelite Sisters: Scholarly Horizons

16.20 – 16.35        Closing remarks for Day 2

Abstracts for each paper will be added here after the conference closes.

The programme can also be downloaded as a PDF here:

The conference is being generously supported by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

Header image: Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale, Botticelli’s Studio: The First Visit of Simonetta Presented by Giulio and Lorenzo de Medici, 1922. Private collection. Image from Bonhams.