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Wednesday, November 28, 2012


Born in Southampton in 1829, of a prominent Jersey-based family. Asked Thackeray him once, when England conquered Jersey? Replied he, Never! Jersey conquered England! (cited in Chums annual, 1896, page 213). His prodigious artistic talent won him a place at the Royal Academy schools at the unprecedented age of eleven. While there, he met William Holman Hunt and Dante Gabriel Rossetti with whom he formed the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in September 1848 in his family home on Gower Street, off Bedford Square.

(Old Masters)



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