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Laura Kilbride will be the 2013 Fellow in Pre-Raphaelite Studies.

Kilbride named

UD Library, Delaware Art Museum select Fellow in Pre-Raphaelite Studies


2:11 p.m., Feb. 19, 2013--The University of Delaware Library and the Delaware Art Museum have announced that Laura Kilbride, from Cambridge University, will be the 2013 Fellow in Pre-Raphaelite Studies.

During her future one-month residency in June-July, Kilbride will conduct research on “The Pre-Raphaelite School of Poetry” — the literature associated with the Pre-Raphaelite artists active in Victorian Britain.

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Using the resources of both the Delaware Art Museum and the University of Delaware Library, Kilbride plans to focus in particular on the poet, Algernon Charles Swinburne, and the painter-poet, Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

“The position of Algernon Charles Swinburne as a less prominent associate of the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood means that his engagement with Pre-Raphaelite experimentation has not yet received adequate attention,” she writes. 

Kilbride’s work offers an original viewpoint by examining the relation between archaism and innovation in the work of Swinburne and D.G. Rossetti, from their first meeting in 1857 through 1868, when Swinburne commented on his friend’s art in “Notes on Some Pictures of 1868.” She hopes that by setting out to test the limits of the label “Pre-Raphaelite poetry” much might be discovered about the genius of Pre-Raphaelite art and one its least-known writers.

Kilbride is a doctoral candidate at St. John’s College, Cambridge University, where she is preparing a dissertation on the topic of “Swinburne’s Style.” The recipient of several fellowships, including the Entente Cordiale Language Scholarship in Paris and the Benefactor’s Scholarship from St. John’s College, Kilbride has won several of Cambridge’s most prestigious awards — the John Kinsella/Tracy Ryan Poetry Prize, the Cambridge Quarterly Prize for the best Dissertation in Part II of the English Tripos, the Cook Prize for academic excellence from Queen’s College, and the Sam Hatfield Poetry Prize, also from Queen’s College. 

About the Fellowship in Pre-Raphaelite Studies

Offered jointly by the University of Delaware Library and the Delaware Art Museum, the annual Fellowship in Pre-Raphaelite Studies is intended for scholars conducting significant research in the lives and works of the Pre-Raphaelites and their friends, associates, and followers. Up to $3,000 is available for a one-month visit to the host institutions.

The application deadline for the 2014 Fellowship is Oct. 15. More information about the Pre-Raphaelite Fellowship can be found at this website or by contacting Margaretta Frederick, chief curator and curator of the Bancroft Pre-Raphaelite Collection, Delaware Art Museum, 302-571-9590,, or Mark Samuels Lasner, senior research fellow, University of Delaware Library, 302-831-3250,

About the University of Delaware Library

The University of Delaware Library has broadly based and comprehensive collections — books, periodicals, electronic resources, microforms, government publications, databases, maps, manuscripts, media and access to information via the Internet — which provide a major academic resource for the study of literature and art.

Many printed and manuscript items related to the Pre-Raphaelites and their associates are in the Special Collections Department, including major archives relating to the Victorian artist and writer George Adolphus Storey, and to the bibliographer and forger, Thomas J. Wise.

The Mark Samuels Lasner Collection, associated with the Special Collections Department, focuses on British literature and art of the period 1850 to 1900, with an emphasis on the Pre-Raphaelites and on the writers and illustrators of the 1890s. Its rich holdings comprise 9,000 first and other editions (including many signed and association copies), manuscripts, letters, works on paper (including drawings by Edward Burne-Jones and Dante Gabriel Rossetti), and ephemera.

About the Delaware Art Museum

Founded in 1912, the Delaware Art Museum is home to the largest and most important collection of British Pre-Raphaelite art in the United States.  Assembled largely by the Wilmington industrialist, Samuel Bancroft Jr., at the turn of the century (with significant subsequent additions), the collection includes paintings and drawings by all the major and minor Pre-Raphaelite artists, as well as decorative arts, prints, photographs, manuscripts, and rare books.

The Helen Farr Sloan Library and Archives, with a reference collection of 30,000 volumes, holds Samuel Bancroft’s papers and correspondence, a rich source for the history of collecting and provenance that also contains significant manuscript material by and about the Rossettis. The Delaware Art Museum has a website devoted to the Bancroft Collection of Pre-Raphaelite Art.

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