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Madeleine Emerald Thiele

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

The Beardsley Period by Osbert Burdett

Osbert Burdett wrote his book The Beardsley Period in 1925, twenty-seven years after Beardsley died, and nigh on quarter of a century after Oscar Wilde had died. The premise of the book is a little unclear: the title itself being... Continue Reading →

The Tragedy of Simeon Solomon by Bernard Falk

When Bernard Falk was writing the Tragedy of Simeon Solomon, written in his 1938 text Five Years Dead, homosexuality was still a criminal act. Initially Falk’s language, at least in the earliest part of the chapter, is a little jarring... Continue Reading →

The Elements of Drawing by Ruskin (Letter One)

Initially Ruskin's book, The Elements of Drawing in Three Letters to Beginners, opens with a description about who the book is aimed at, and interestingly, who it is not. For example, Ruskin decrees that no child below 12 (or perhaps... Continue Reading →

May Day

Evoking 'the spirit of a beautiful, primitive and, in a large sense, eternal service’ on May Day. The choristers of Magdalen College, Oxford, are singing a hymn to the rising sun on the first day of May. This ceremony of... Continue Reading →

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 →

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