Pre-Raphaelite Collection: Marmaduke A. Langdale et al

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This is a fascinating collection of works by mid-19th century artists Marmaduke A. Langdale, George Dunkerton Hiscox and A.C.H. Luxmoore. The collection evidences the mutual friendships and influences between the artists, and their shared affinities with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

The collection includes a stunning watercolour of a Pre-Raphaelite beauty, as well as melancholic angels and medieval and Elizabethan subjects, which were favoured by the Pre-Raphaelites. Founded in London in 1848, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood believed in an art of serious subjects treated with maximum realism. They used subjects from literature and poetry as well as religious themes, and sought to promote a medievalised art as a way of restoring a lost wholeness of life in the face of modern mechanisation. In the 1860s they developed interests in medieval designs and hand-crafts – many of the pictures in this collection have a crafted, decorative quality or include meticulous attention to botanical detail.

The collection as a whole is also fascinating for the friendships it reveals between the artists: Marmaduke A. Langdale and George Dunkerton Hiscox both lived on the Thames (Landgale at Staines and Hiscox at Windsor), and painted the surrounding rural landscape together. The collection includes a watercolour of the two artists painting together en plein air, as well as notes and cards sent between them. Langdale wrote George Dunkerton Hiscox’s memoir, published in The Art Record in 1901. The collection also includes a drawing by A.C.H. Luxmoore of Emma Edith Langdale, and a charcoal depicting Langdale sketching at Windsor.

Other associated artists in the collection include Brighton artist Amy Scott (Langdale lived for a time at Brighton) and Victorian illustrator Fred Barnard, famous for his acclaimed Charles Dickens illustrations.