A vivid account of the public art and private demons of Ford Madox Brown, the finest but least understood of Pre-Raphaelite artists, and the four central women in his life- his two wives and models and his two secret loves.
Angela Thirlwell read English at Oxford and lectured at Birkbeck College, University of London until 1999. Her books include the Folio Anthology of Autobiography (1994), The Pre-Raphaelites and their World (editor, 1995) and William and Lucy- The Other Rossettis (Yale, 2003).
[A] beautifully written, emotionally intelligent and finely
detailed account... What impresses is how richly informative is
this history of individual lives, about the period as a whole, its
culture, and material existence -- Frances Spalding * Independent
Thirlwell has written a moving and absorbing book about Victorian marriage, ambition and unrequited love -- Frances Wilson * Sunday Times *
A humane and intelligent book... an up-close, colourfully detailed study of the interweaving lives and passions of a small group of sophisticated Victorians -- Serena Davies * Daily Telegraph *
Angela Thirlwell is entirely confortable in the world inhabited by the Pre-Raphaelites, and her earlier study of William Rossetti deserved the plaudits heaped on it. Now she has turned to Ford Madox Brown and once again has proved to be an able scholar who turns meticulous research into a seamless narrative.... An excellent account, lovingly narrated and wise in its judgements -- Trevor Royle * Herald *
Compulsively readable... Engrossing * Times Literary Supplement *