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04 March 2020Christina Rosetti and her artists
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Christina Rosetti and her artists Susan Owens Wednesday 04 March 2020

Dr Susan Owens is an art historian, writer and curator. She studied English literature at Oxford University and European art at the Courtauld Institute, then wrote a doctoral thesis on Aubrey Beardsley’s illustrations to Oscar Wilde’s play Salome at University College London. She worked as a curator for the Royal Collection before becoming Curator of Paintings at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Susan has written or co-authored books on decadent interiors, natural history illustration, watercolours, drawings and self-portraits, and is a regular contributor to publications including the Times Literary Supplement and The World of Interiors. Now freelance, Susan lives in Suffolk. Her book The Ghost: A Cultural History, was published in 2017. 


Christina Rossetti is among the most popular of Victorian poets, her colloquial style and musical clarity speaking directly to us today. She had close links with artists, and her brother Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Everett Millais, Julia Margaret Cameron, Frederick Sandys and Arthur Hughes were all inspired by the intense imagery of her poetry. This lecture tells Christina Rossetti’s story through their portraits, illustrations and paintings.