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

Author:   John Simons
Publisher:   Middlesex University Press
ISBN:  

9781904750604


Pages:   160
Publication Date:   01 December 2008
Format:   Paperback
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Rossetti's Wombat: Pre-Raphaelites and Australian Animals in Victorian London


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Rossetti's Wombat tells the story of Top, a wombat who belonged to the Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti for a few months in 1869. The book also describes the strange history of the European fascination with the wildlife of Australia, from the late 18th century onwards. By 1860, most well-to-do people could buy a pet kangaroo from a London pet shop - and many of them did. Wombats were rarer and more expensive but the tradition of wombat owning was well established by the turn of the 19th century. Napoleon had a pet wombat, as did the Duke of Edinburgh. Rossetti's Wombat is a light-hearted account of an improbable side of Victorian England. It examines 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 Morris. Fully illustrated with drawings and etchings of the period, Rossetti's Wombat will appeal to those with an interest in Victorian England and the Pre-Raphaelites - and to wombat lovers everywhere. John Simons is Professor of English and Dean of the Faculty of Media, Humanities and Technology at the University of Lincoln. He has published widely on subjects ranging from medieval chivalric romance to Andy Warhol, and from editions of medieval and early modern texts to a history of Hampshire cricket.

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Author:   John Simons
Publisher:   Middlesex University Press
Imprint:   Middlesex University Press
Dimensions:   Width: 13.50cm , Height: 0.80cm , Length: 21.60cm
Weight:   0.181kg
ISBN:  

9781904750604


ISBN 10:   1904750605
Pages:   160
Publication Date:   01 December 2008
Audience:   General/trade ,  Primary & secondary/elementary & high school ,  College/higher education ,  General ,  Secondary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Manufactured on demand   Availability explained
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John Simons is a professor of English and the dean of the faculty of media, humanities, and technology at the University of Lincoln. He has published widely on subjects ranging from medieval chivalric romance to Andy Warhol.

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