Angela Thirlwell
My most recent biography Into the Frame: the four loves of Ford Madox Brown
(Chatto & Windus, 2010, now out in Pimlico paperback and on Kindle) looks at the
life and of the great Pre-Raphaelite artist through the previously untold stories of the
four women in his life, his two wives, Elisabeth and then Emma, and his two secret
loves, the Anglo-Greek artist, Marie Spartali, and the German-born intellectual, poet
and feminist, Mathilde Blind (pronounced ‘Blint’).

The first major Exhibition for almost 50 years devoted to Madox Brown, Pre-
Raphaelite Pioneer, will be at Manchester Art Gallery from 24 September 2011 – 29
January 2012 and at the Museum voor Shone Kunsten in Ghent from 25 February
– 3 June 2012. I have written a character study of Madox Brown for the exhibition
catalogue called ‘The Game of Life’, based on a mischievous parlour game he played
in 1866.

My previous biography, William and Lucy: the other Rossettis (Yale University
Press, 2003) was about a Pre-Raphaelite marriage. Lucy was Madox Brown’s eldest
daughter. Her marriage to William Michael Rossetti, brother of the more famous
Dante Gabriel and Christina Rossetti, united two of the great Pre-Raphaelite families.

For the Folio Society I compiled and edited The Folio Anthology of Autobiography
(1994) and The Pre-Raphaelites and their World (1995).

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