My name is Robert Wilkes. Recently I completed a Masters in History of Art at the University of York, and wrote my dissertation on the watercolours of Dante Gabriel Rossetti from 1850-1870. Prior to this I attained a BA in English and History of Art from Oxford Brookes University; my BA dissertation explored Pre-Raphaelite elements in the writing, photography and drawing of Lewis Carroll. I can credit my first awareness of the Pre-Raphaelites to a poster of Millais’s Ophelia which was stuck on the wall of my English classroom in Year 9 at secondary school; this blog is the result of all my subsequent obsessions with that lovely group of nineteenth-century British artists and writers.
Although the PRB are undoubtedly my favourite artists I am also a fan of Henry Fuseli, Richard Dadd, William Blake, Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Caspar David Friedrich, Arcimboldo, Leonardo, Gustav Klimt, and several others whose names escape me at present. I am also a passionate reader; my favourite writers include Henry James, Virginia Woolf, Edgar Allan Poe, M. R. James, John Keats and Alfred Lord Tennyson. I hope you find my blog informative and interesting!