This week I am delighted to be giving a talk on Pre-Raphaelite Angels, at the wonderful St. Michael and All Angels Chapel on the grounds of Marlborough College, Wiltshire.

The main points of the talk will be centred upon an examination of angelic guardianship as I discuss the importance of angels within Pre-Raphaelite art, and Anglican theology. Through examination of several works by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, I will demonstrate the Victorian fascination with the angelic body and their engagement with early Florentine art.

I will also be examining John Roddam Spencer Stanhope’s contribution to the construction of a ‘Pre-Raphaelite Angel’ via an in-depth look at three of Marlborough’s own exquisite angelic images.


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Stanhope, Detail of an Angel (circa 1875, Marlborough College)