The Kissed Mouth and Stephanie at Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood for making this such an irresistible idea! I am supposed to include cake on Wombat Friday too, but have failed at that part. Still, I have got a toy wombat (who is really sweet and is nameless at the moment) and a Pre-Raphaelite painting. Now before you all click away, shaking your heads and thinking "She's flipped!", a wombat was one of Dante Gabriel Rossetti's favourite animals and he had a real one. In case you are not familiar with Mr Rossetti, he was a Victorian artist and poet and one of the founder members of the Pre-Raphaelites. I love their work and their draughtsmanship was phenomenal; in my opinion, they created some of the most beautiful drawings of women ever made.
I have since collected (and am still collecting) many books about them - both the artists and their wives and models - and find more and more fascinating information out about them. I have always enjoyed social history and have a particular love of the Victorian age. The women involved in the group and those who were influenced by them also hold a fascination for me. Who were they? Where did they come from? What happened to them? I have enjoyed being able to find out.
So, here's to Wombat Fridays - perhaps I may not be able to join in every week, but I'll do my best.
If you are interested in the Pre-Raphaelites, both of the above mentioned blogs are excellent.
Also, a huge welcome to my recent new followers - I hope you will enjoy reading my blog.