Madeleine Emerald Thiele

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



The Burne-Jones Retrospective at Tate Britain


John Ruskin on The Light of the World

To the Editor of the Times Sir, I trust that, with your usual kindness and liberality, you will give me room in your columns for a few words respecting the principal Pre-Raphaelite picture in the Exhibition of the Royal Academy... Continue Reading →

Christina Rossetti: Vision and Verse Press Launch

In an exploration of the celebrated Victorian poet's significant connection with visual art, Christina Rossetti: Vision & Verse, will bring together paintings, illustrations, works on paper and photography. Presenting portraits of the poet and highlights of the many visual images... Continue Reading →

Elizabeth Siddal: a recital

Welcome to ‘Looking at Elizabeth Siddal’ Our historical proximity to the Victorians may explain in part, why our collective British consciousness is full with Victorian authors’ names and their respective creations. Novelists like Dickens and Hardy are household names, and... Continue Reading →

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Susan Sontag: Photography

Susan Sontag’s seminal book Photography (1977) speaks prophetically about many of the issues social media is now forcing us to consider. Who owns images, what is intrusive, historical, artistic, useful in a photograph? What is narcissistic, who shoots, who poses,... Continue Reading →

Jane Morris on Mrs. Charles Fairfax Murray

Below is an extract of a letter from Jane Morris written to Rossetti in late 1878. It details the sorry state of the Fairfax Murrays. In 1871 Charles Fairfax Murray went to Italy to paint and study, and returned again... Continue Reading →

Minton Peacocks & Ceramics

Minton's Ltd. was a major ceramics manufacturing company, originated by Thomas Minton (1765–1836) the founder. Thomas Minton and Sons pottery factory opened in Stoke-upon-Trent, in 1793. Within three years, Thomas and formed a partnership with Joseph Poulson, creating Minton &... Continue Reading →

She was called Fantine

This image depicts Fantine, a character in the Victor Hugo novel Les Misérables (1862). Fantine is the mother who stares directly out at us. Her expression, more easily witnessed in the enlargement below, is not as weary as it, by... Continue Reading →

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