- By John Simons

Rossetti's Wombat: Pre-Raphaelites and Australian Animals in Victorian London

  • Title: Rossetti's Wombat: Pre-Raphaelites and Australian Animals in Victorian London
  • Author: John Simons
  • ISBN: 9781904750604
  • Page: 315
  • Format: Paperback
  • Rossetti s Wombat Pre Raphaelites and Australian Animals in Victorian London A light hearted account of an improbable side of Victorian England this history tells of the pet wombat owned by Pre Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the late th century fad of owning

    A light hearted account of an improbable side of Victorian England, this history tells of the pet wombat owned by Pre Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the late 19th century fad of owning Australian animals as pets This examination also looks at the way a wombat participated in the delicate relationships between the men and women in the Pre Raphaelite circle pA light hearted account of an improbable side of Victorian England, this history tells of the pet wombat owned by Pre Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the late 19th century fad of owning Australian animals as pets This examination also looks at the way a wombat participated in the delicate relationships between the men and women in the Pre Raphaelite circle particularly Rossetti s emotional affair with Jane Morris, wife of his friend and colleague William Fully illustrated with drawings and etchings of the period, this work will appeal to those with an interest in Victorian England, the Pre Raphaelites, as well as wombat lovers the world over.

    1 thought on “Rossetti's Wombat: Pre-Raphaelites and Australian Animals in Victorian London

    1. Rossetti bought a super-cute wombat and it died (see cover).Simons tried to write an entire history of the wombat. The first section, where he placed the wombat in context was amusing, with dense but sparkling prose. He writes about wombats (with lots of illustrations) and about how Victorians interacted with exotic animals. I wondered if he were vegetarian because he seemed very upset that early explorers killed and ate the endearing mammals (wombats, kangaroos, etc) that they found. Then I won [...]

    2. I enjoyed this thoroughly. Finding out about the exotic pet shop and how exactly Rossetti acquired his creatures was great, not to mention how it reflected the influence of Australia in the Victorian imagination. Small and perfectly formed, much like a wombat.

    3. It was okay. It had some good information about the animal markets in England. However, much of the information on Rossetti was full of sophmoric conjecture. Still, it had some tidbits of first source information that was fun to acquire. Meddlesome armadillos, for one You don't get that in your standard art history text.

    4. And now I want a pet wombat-- and really, who wouldn't?Rossetti's Wombat may not be the most scholarly of art tomes but it's a highly entertaining read.

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