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Symposium at the University of Delaware Library
Newark, DE

"Celebrating the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection: Rare Books and Manuscripts, Victorian Literature and Art"
March 17-18, 2017

Keynote Speaker: Elaine Showalter, Professor Emerita of English, Princeton University

On March 17 and 18, 2017 the University of Delaware will host a two-day symposium, "Celebrating the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection: Rare Books and Manuscripts, Victorian Literature and Art." In addition to Elaine Showalter, the speakers will include Mark Dimunation (Library of Congress), Barbara Heritage (Rare Book School, University of Virginia), Edward Maggs (Maggs Bros. Ltd., London), Joseph Bristow (UCLA), Linda K. Hughes (Texas Christian University), Margaretta S. Frederick (Delaware Art Museum), William S. Peterson (Emeritus, University of Maryland), David Taylor (UK historian and author), and Margaret D. Stetz (University of Delaware).

The symposium is free and open to the public, but registration in advance is requested.

More information, including online registration, will be available at:

Leighton House Museum, London

Flaming June: The Making of an Icon
Now until April 2, 2017

From the website:
This is a landmark exhibition for Leighton House Museum, returning Leighton’s most famous and celebrated work to the artist's house from the Museo de Arte de Ponce in Puerto Rico.  Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-1896), was one of the pre-eminent artists of his day. President of the Royal Academy from 1878 to 1896, he achieved great fame and influence as a figurehead for art in late Victorian society; a period when art enjoyed unprecedented public interest and appreciation.

Flaming June Frederic Leighton, 1895 ©Museo de Arte de Ponce. The Luis A. Ferré Foundation, Inc.

Tate Britain, London
Pre-Raphaelite Works on Paper
Until May 2017

From the website:
In 1848, a year when popular revolutions swept through Europe, the group set up their secret society. Its name expressed their romantic admiration for the artists who had struggled in medieval times, before Raphael’s ideal Renaissance manner became Academy convention. The first Pre-Raphaelite works were derided, but their startling realism and provocative subjects won admiration in Britain and abroad, and brought in new associates such as Edward Burne-Jones.

Drawings and watercolours were essential to developing and sharing the Pre-Raphaelites’ closer way of looking. The preparatory sketches and more finished works on paper on view in this room explore personal dramas, tense and tender encounters sometimes in private settings. The detailed studies reveal another kind of close encounter between artist and subject: the long, intimate observation that underpinned Pre-Raphaelite ‘truth to nature’.

This display has been devised by curator Carol Jacobi.

Image: William Holman Hunt, Portrait of Mrs Edith Holman Hunt 1880

National Gallery, London
Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites 
4 October 2017 – 2 April 2018
That's all we've got so far but there'll be more information through the link as we get closer to the time.

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