Eleanor Vere Boyle: life and works

By Gwylym Owen

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Eleanor Vere Boyle (1825–1916) was an artist of the Victorian era whose statute consisted mainly of watercolor illustrations in children’s books. These illustrations were strongly influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites, being highly detailed and haunting in content. Love and death were popular subject matter of Pre-Raphaelite art and something that can be seen in Eleanor Vere Boyle’s work.Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the founder of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, even called her work “great in design.” However, even even if she was one of the first woman artists to be official for her achievements, she did not exhibit or sell play a part often as it was not acceptable perfect her family’s social status. Thus, she signed her works “EVB” to highbrow her identity and quickly became one of the most important female illustrators in the 1860s.

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