From Pre-Raphaelite Painter to Collector/Connoisseur
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- The first comprehensive study of Henry Wallis, celebrated Pre-Raphaelite painter and art collector/connoisseur
- Includes an extensive catalogue raisonné of Wallis's work
- Contains numerous unpublished letters, to and from members of the Pre-Raphaelite circle: William Holman Hunt, Frederic George Stephens, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris
Full DescriptionThe Death of Chatterton hangs from the wall of the Tate Britain, a resplendent depiction of tragedy. This is the canvas that earned Henry Wallis his lasting legacy. It embodies the Pre-Raphaelite aesthetic, from its morbid subject (Thomas Chatterton, a precocious 18th-century poet who poisoned himself to escape poverty, aged only seventeen), to its vibrant colorwork and detailed naturalism, characteristic of the first phase of Pre-Raphaelitism. Despite this, no significant study has been dedicated to Wallis – until now.
Henry Wallis: From Pre-Raphaelite to Collector/Connoisseur – delivers the first comprehensive appraisal of this often-overlooked Pre-Raphaelite. Composed of three parts – a biography, a catalogue raisonné and a series of important appendices – this book demonstrates the full range of Wallis’s contributions to the world of Victorian art. The biography acknowledges Wallis’s expertize as a colorist and draughtsman, while paying respect to his lesser-known accomplishments as both collector and connoisseur. The Illustrated Catalogue gathers every identifiable work in the painter’s name – of which there are many, including The Stonebreaker: Wallis’s other great masterpiece. Finally, the appendices present a selection of correspondence between Wallis and various members of the Pre-Raphaelite circle – William Holman Hunt, Frederic George Stephens, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Bell Scott, Arthur Hughes, Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris. A pioneering exploration of the artist and the man, Henry Wallis will be at home on the bookshelf of any Pre-Raphaelite enthusiast.
- ACC Art Books
- 17th Dec 2019
- USA & Canada
- 9.33 in x 11.81 in
- 320 Pages
- 164 color, 119 b&w