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John Collier’s Paintings


OK, so I got a little obsessed with this painting here


I like it a lot – it’s called A Priestess of Dionysus and was painted by a Pre-Raphaelite painter called John Collier.
Now the fun bit is, John Collier painted a lot of portraits of science guys, including what is probably the most famous portrait of Charles Darwin – because Collier was the son-in-law of Thomas Huxley, “Darwin’s Bulldog”, and so he was sort of into that community. He was actually twice Huxley’s son-in-law, as he married two of Huxley’s daughters. Not at the same time, of course.
I always liked Pre-Raphaelite paintings, but Collier was not on my radar – probably because he was mostly a portrait painter.
So I thought… why not do a gallery of John Collier’s paintings?
Here goes. Click on a thumbnail to see a large version.

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

6 thoughts on “John Collier’s Paintings

  1. Ugh I could drown in pre-raphaelite art. Dante Rossetti is my personal favourite (side note, I wrote an interesting story about him) but I’m a fan of all of them really. Their works were so clean and fresh. I haven’t seen much of Collier’s works but these… wow.


  2. Great stuff. It’s a bit later than the Pre-Raphelite brotherhood but I was always fascinated by John William Waterhouse’s ‘The Magic Circle’. I can spend hours spotting the little details in it.


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