Madeleine Emerald Thiele

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



William Blake: unveiling the unveiler

'These things that you call finished are not even begun; how then can they be finished?' In 2004, two people arrived in Bunhill Fields Cemetery, Islington. They were there to see William Blake’s grave. They were surprised to find a... Continue Reading →

Postgraduate CfP: Reassessing Burne-Jones

Postgraduate Call for Papers: Reassessing Burne-Jones Oxford, 21-22 February 2019 Keynotes: Stacey Sell (National Gallery, Washington D.C.) Fiona Mann (Oxford-Brookes University) In light of the latest exhibition on Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898) at Tate Britain (24 October 2018-24 February 2019, this... Continue Reading →

The Swagger and the Struggle: Richard Ormond and Lachlan Goudie discuss John Singer Sargent

The Swagger and the Struggle: Richard Ormond and Lachlan Goudie discuss John Singer Sargent Richard Ormond is the grandson of Violet Sargent Ormond, sister of John Singer Sargent. Former deputy director of the National Portrait Gallery and director of the... Continue Reading →

Tate Press Launch of Aftermath: Art in the Wake of WWI

Marking 100 years since the end of the First World War, this exhibition explores the immediate impact of the conflict on British, German and French art. As the first exhibition to examine the culture of memorials alongside new developments in... Continue Reading →

The Burne-Jones Press Launch

The press launch for the Tate’s upcoming ‘Burne-Jones’ retrospective was staged at All Saints, Margaret Street in Fitzrovia. The Church was designed by William Butterfield in 1850 and is an example of High Church sentiment and High Victorian Gothic architecture.... Continue Reading →

The Tate’s Burne-Jones Press Release

This autumn, Tate Britain will present the first major Burne-Jones retrospective to be held in London for over 40 years. Renowned for otherworldly depictions of beauty inspired by myth, legend and the Bible, Edward Burne-Jones (1833–98) was a pioneer of... Continue Reading →

Consuming (the) Victorians: BAVS2016

  On reading the BAVS CfP for the 2016 Annual Conference of the British Association for Victorian Studies earlier this year (included below) my initial thoughts became rather reflective. I include it again below for you to re-read, to digest,... Continue Reading →

The Faulty Photography of Cameron

Dr. Rachel Flynn presented a talk on Julia Margaret Cameron, at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, entitled ‘The Faulty Photography of Cameron’. 2015 was Cameron’s year, what with the bicentennial conference at Portsmouth, the BRLSI talk, the V&A... Continue Reading →

Enchanted Edwardians Conference Report

  The ‘Enchanted Edwardians’ conference which was held on 30th and the 31st of March 2015 was supported by the University of Bristol’s Alumni. It was in part due to their support that the conference was made possible. As well... Continue Reading →

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