The Palace of Art

Serena Trowbridge, Birmingham City University Serena Trowbridge is Lecturer in English Literature at Birmingham City University. Research interests include Victorian poetry and novels; nineteenth century cultures of faith; Pre-Raphaelitism and Gothic. She blogs at Culture and Anarchy and tweets @serena_t. I built my soul a lordly pleasure-house, Wherein at ease for aye to dwell. (Tennyson, The Palace of Art) Lord Leighton’s art has, like the work of many of the Pre-Raphaelites and their followers, had a mixed reception in the twentieth and twenty-first century. Both

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