My name is Robert Wilkes. I’m a current PhD candidate at Oxford Brookes University, researching the life and work of Frederic George Stephens, the Pre-Raphaelite artist and art critic. Supervising me are Professor Christiana Payne (Professor of History of Art, School of History, Philosophy and Culture) and Dr Dinah Roe (Senior Lecture in 19th-Century Literature, Department of English and Modern Languages).
I completed a MA in History of Art at the University of York, and wrote my dissertation on the watercolours of Dante Gabriel Rossetti from 1850-1870 (supervised by Professor Liz Prettejohn). 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.