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ST. BARBARA by Marie SPARTALLI STILLMAN (Artist. England, 1844-1927). Pre-Raphaelite. About the artist: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Spartali_Stillman Lovely woman reading book outdoors. © Bridgeman Art Library / Private Collection / Photo © The Maas Gallery, London.

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Marie Spartali Stillman. Being an artist in Victorian England was not an occupation considered suitable for a woman - one reason why there were so few of them.Marie Spartali Stillman was an exception. She rose to prominence within the very male pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and successfully sold her paintings on both sides of the Atlantic. Delaware Art Museum is staging the first major exhibition of her work - Poetry in Beauty - in an attempt to bring her the public recognition she deserves

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The Pre-Raphaelite Woman

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, *The Bower Meadow*, 1872. Oil on canvas, 86.3 x 68 cm. Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester