Sunday, March 3, 2013

Mrs Cimabue Brown

Isn't it odd, never seen this mentioned before. Reading David Rodger's book 'Rossetti' he says that George Du Maurier was no admirer of Jane and based Mrs Cimabue Brown, an ambitious hostess with 'artistic' tastes, on Jane for his cartoons in Punch. He first met Jane in 1870. 

"At the height of public interest in the Aesthetic Movement, between the opening of the Grosvenor Gallery in London at the end of the 1870s and Oscar Wilde's lecture tour of 1882, Punchran a brilliant series of caricatures by Du Maurier satirising the manners and poses of the Aesthetes."

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