The Lost Pre-Raphaelite: The Secret Life and Loves of Robert Bateman

The Lost Pre Raphaelite The Secret Life and Loves of Robert Bateman When the author bought a falling down fortified house on the Staffordshire moorlands he had no reason to anticipate the astonishing tale that would unfold as it was restored A mysterious set of relat
  • Title: The Lost Pre-Raphaelite: The Secret Life and Loves of Robert Bateman
  • Author: Nigel Daly
  • ISBN: 9781908524386
  • Page: 267
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When the author bought a falling down fortified house on the Staffordshire moorlands, he had no reason to anticipate the astonishing tale that would unfold as it was restored A mysterious set of relationships emerged amongst its former owners, revolving round the almost forgotten artist, Robert Bateman, a prominent Pre Raphaelite and friend of Burne Jones He was to marryWhen the author bought a falling down fortified house on the Staffordshire moorlands, he had no reason to anticipate the astonishing tale that would unfold as it was restored A mysterious set of relationships emerged amongst its former owners, revolving round the almost forgotten artist, Robert Bateman, a prominent Pre Raphaelite and friend of Burne Jones He was to marry the granddaughter of the Earl of Carlisle, and to be associated with Benjamin Disraeli, William Gladstone, and other prominent political and artistic figures.But he had abandoned his life as an artist in mid career to live as a recluse, and his rich and glamorous wife to be had married the local vicar, already in his sixties and shortly to die The discovery of two clearly autobiographical paintings led to an utterly absorbing forensic investigation into Bateman s life.The story moves from Staffordshire to Lahore, to Canada, Wyoming, and then, via Buffalo Bill, to Peru and back to England It leads to the improbable respectability of Imperial Tobacco in Bristol, and then, less respectably, to a car park in Stoke on Trent En route the author pieces together an astonishing and deeply moving story of love and loss, of art and politics, of morality and hypocrisy, of family secrets concealed but never quite completely obscured The result is a page turning combination of detective story and tale of human frailty, endeavor, and love It is also a portrait of a significant artist, a reassessment of whose work is long overdue.Nigel Daly is an antique dealer and house restorer.
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    1. Nigel Daly Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the The Lost Pre-Raphaelite: The Secret Life and Loves of Robert Bateman book, this is one of the most wanted Nigel Daly author readers around the world.

    2. 4.5Funny how it is that you start reading a book with no great expectations beyond it being interesting, and it turns out to be totally enthralling.To explain in any sort of detail what this book is about would be to spoil the surprises it contains.Beautifully written and illustrated.

    3. I am not even sure how to begin A full five star rating does not give this beautiful work enough merit What Nigel Daly and his partner Brian Vowles have done is a stroke of pure genius This is not a biography folks The Lost Pre Raphelite begins with the setting of a home called Biddulph Old Hall, the remnants of a great Elizabethan mansion on the Staffordshire moorlands You see, due to author Nigel Daly s day job dealing in antiques and restoring houses, his presence at Biddulph Old Hall leads t [...]

    4. This book has been compared to A.S Byatt s novel Possession and as a devotee of Byatt s work, I tell you that it lives up to the comparison When Nigel Daly and his partner Brian Vowles purchased Biddulph Old Hall, the restoration process led to than resurrecting bricks and mortar From the rubble of this once stately home, they uncovered questions about the life of artist Robert Bateman Assembling the facts of his life gave birth to an intriguing puzzle what is the truth behind many of the artis [...]

    5. When the author bought a house that had been rented to Robert Bateman, he started an investigation into the life and work of the artist that led him down many historical and geographical byways.Although Bateman s life story emerges, in all its troubles and confusion and final surprise, this is not arranged as a conventional biography Instead the author describes the research he and his partner had to undertake This arrangement foregrounds the way in which the past will always hold mysteries for [...]

    6. Two architectural detectives follow a trail that immerses them in a mystery far greater than they d envisaged Having intended merely to unravel the history of the ruined house they d bought to restore, they quickly found that the house had had a previous owner the Lost Pre Raphaelite, Robert Bateman who, as they gradually discovered, had been regarded in the late nineteenth century as a major artist exhibiting alongside Burne Jones and others before, following scandals around the trendy Grosveno [...]

    7. An extremely well researched, interesting read Starting with the purchase of a house Biddulph Old Hall and its picturesque ruins, the new owners become obsessed with a former owner, little known pre Raphaelite artist Robert Bateman They make valiant attempts to track down his paintings and sculpture before becoming intrigued by his relationship with widow Caroline Wilbraham n e Howard Nigel Daly makes a compelling case for the family history aspect of the book, although I found some of the art h [...]

    8. Wow This is a fabulous book It begins, quite reasonably, with the acquisition of an old house and the desire to know about the people who have lived there, as well as the story of the house It evolves into a detective story and some credible speculation about a great human story I heartily recommend it What a page turner

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