The Pre-Raphaelite Society is celebrating 20 years since it began in Birmingham. Since it began, the PRS has followed its aims of “the celebration of the mood and style of art which Ruskin recognised and preserved by his writings, and to the observation of its wide-ranging influence. In co-operation with societies of similar aims world-wide, it seeks to commemorate Pre-Raphaelite ideals by means of meetings, conferences, discussions, publications and correspondence, and to draw attention to significant scholastic work in this field. First and foremost, however, it is a society in which individuals can come together to enjoy the images and explore the personalities of the Pre-Raphaelites and their followers through the medium of fine art, the appreciation of good design and the excellence of the traditional arts.”
We have celebrated our 20th anniversary with a conference, “Eminent Pre-Raphaelites”, in Birmingham this summer, with a cake at the AGM, dinners and teas, and finally with a celebratory issue of the Review, consisting of contributions from well-known names such as Jan Marsh, Paul Barlow, Angela Thirlwell, Anne Anderson, Benedict Read and Paul Goldman, featuring the founding members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.