London 1848: Young William Holman Hunt is ambitious, young John Everett Millias is confident, and young Dante Gabriel Rossetti is idealistic. With the combination of these strengths, these young men are poised to turn over the art world as they know it. Together with four friends they form the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (PRB). It may be partially a school boy’s rejection of their elders, but they are the first to challenge the status quo of the Royal Academy of Art and the elite who dictated artistic taste in London. Naiveté and inexperience are assets, not hindrances, and from the mouths of babes comes the first stirrings of artistic rebellion.
YOUNG PRB tells the story of these young men: Their trials and triumphs. Their enemies and allies. But mostly it is a story of friendship and how adversity, success, and growing up can test even the strongest bonds.
“An illuminating look at an influential artistic period, which may well inspire readers to pick up their own pen or paintbrush.” – Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Lee’s book brings alive the famous Pre-Raphaelite works Hunt et al created; her readers will never look at those works the same way again. Highly recommended.” – Historical Novel Society Reviews