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Madeleine Emerald Thiele

The Victorian Butterfly muses upon Art, Angels & other stuff in between.

The Angel by William Blake

I dreamt a dream! What can it mean? And that I was a maiden Queen Guarded by an Angel mild: Witless woe was ne'er beguiled! And I wept both night and day, And he wiped my tears away; And I... Continue Reading →

Queer British Art 1861-1967

Alex Farquharson, Director of the Tate, introduced the Queer British Art seminar on 10th April 2017. He affirmed the premise behind the exhibition was the fifty year anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality (the ‘Sexual Offences Act 1967’). The exhibition,... Continue Reading →

Constance Holland

Constance Mary Holland (2nd January 1859 – 7th April 1898) was buried at 4pm on the 9th of April 1898 in the Protestant section of the Campo Santo cemetery in Genoa. The 'Cimitero monumentale di Staglieno' is a cemetery based... Continue Reading →

Beatific Souls by Dr. Jen Baker

Dr. Jen Baker’s talk at BRLSI on the 29th March was entitled: Beatific Souls - Child Death in Nineteenth Century Literary & Visual Culture The premise of Baker’s talk was centred around an examination of child death within literature and... Continue Reading →

The Death of Little Nell from Dickens’ The Old Curiosity Shop

They moved so gently, that their footsteps made no noise; but there were sobs from among the group, and sounds of grief and mourning. For she was dead. There, upon her little bed, she lay at rest. The solemn stillness... Continue Reading →

The Sleeping Children by William Lisle Bowles

Look at those sleeping children; softly tread, Lest thou do mar their dream, and come not nigh Till their fond mother, with a kiss, shall cry, 'Tis morn, awake! awake! Ah! they are dead! Yet folded in each other's arms... Continue Reading →

HMS Warrior: A Victorian Masterpiece

HMS Warrior is a Victorian vessel whose home is now Portsmouth Historical Dockyard. She was built to counter French advancements in naval ship building and in her day, HMS Warrior was the largest, fastest and most innovative warship throughout the... Continue Reading →

Mothering

On the Feast of the Annunciation

34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? 35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee:... Continue Reading →

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