William Holman Hunt wants his own revolution. In the year 1848 Europe erupts in turmoil, but Hunt is an art student, with many dreams and limited funds, in a London where revolution is just not done - especially one against the art establishment.
Hunt, along with six friends and fellow students - including the prodigy John Everett Millais and the artist-poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti - proclaim themselves the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (PRB). They plan to display their new art at the most prestigious exhibition in the country: The Royal Academy of Art.
They were expecting criticism, praise, or even ambivalence. What they were not expecting was the violent abuse hurled at them by the art elite, journalists, and even Charles Dickens. The stale and stodgy art world of mid-Victorian London will not tolerate these upstarts. The defiant PRB will not back down. Now it really is a revolution.
Can the young PRB survive the attacks against them? Can their friendship survive growing up?
"Anyone interested in the culture of Victorian London will find plenty to celebrate. An illuminating look at an influential artistic period, which may well inspire readers to pick up their own pen or paintbrush." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Named to Kirkus Reviews' Best of 2012.
"(The formation of the PRB) seems unlikely seed-grounds for a dramatic historical novel, but through sharp pacing and some extremely sensitive character study, Lee pulls it off. Her awkward, immensely talented young artists are all dramatically drawn and expertly differentiated, and her midcentury London is so vividly drawn that readers will feel like they're seeing and hearing the chaotic world in which these men strive and laugh and seek to establish their careers. Her readers will never look at those works the same way again. Highly recommended." - Historical Novel Society
“Young PRB, is a fascinating novel, a study of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood who hope to turn the clock back and continue with the work started earlier by artists who brought a lead white, light-filled touch to painting. It is a beautiful book, a literary volume, and an interesting read even for those who are not well schooled in the study of art history. The young artists come alive in this book...it is a masterpiece of history, character study, etc. It is well plotted, and filled with interesting characters and events. I truly enjoyed the reading experience.” - Judge, Writer’s Digest 21st Annual Self-Published Book Awards
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Published December 1, 2013
by April Books.
History, Literature & Fiction.