Madeleine Emerald Thiele

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

Matisse in the Studio at the Royal Academy

The current Royal Academy exhibition, Matisse in the Studio, has hit a cord with many critics: The knick-knacks that became great art – The Telegraph[1] The RA's new exhibition beckons us into the hedonistic cocoon of the artist's studio, where... Continue Reading →


Matisse in the Studio

Burne-Jones: the Hidden Humourist

This 2011 book is a lovely little dip into the more private world of Burne-Jones through his correspondence caricatures. It is essentially, an expanded and refreshed reprint of Letters to Katie: the parameters having been widened to include more text... Continue Reading →

A Sort of Boy

In Letters to Katie, the editor John Christian arranges the series with an interesting choice of letter to lead: one that crosses over between his public and his private life. The sketches included in most of the letters are childlike... Continue Reading →

Letters to Katie from Edward Burne-Jones

This book was first published in 1925 when it was edited by William Graham Robertson, who was an artist, author, and Blake collector. This slightly enlarged version is the British Museum 1988 reprint, which draws upon the museum's collection of... Continue Reading →

Janey and Gabriel’s Letters

'Here printed in full for the first time, are 114 letters from Rossetti to Jane Morris…They provide a poignant record of an intimate friendship and tell us much about Rossetti’s painting and writing during the latter part of his career…They... 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 →

Henry James and Hendrik Christian Andersen

Henry James met the sculptor Hendrik Christian Andersen in Rome in 1899. Andersen was thirty years his junior but the two developed a close relationship and maintained correspondence for around fifteen years. On encountering Andersen, James was enamoured with him... Continue Reading →

O ye gods!

O ye gods! I beseech ye not to spare me my youth, but to leave me the virtues of youth - disinterested animosities, disinterested tears! Let me not become a scolding old (wo)man, enviously growling at a younger race of... Continue Reading →

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