"This evening several hundred Raphaelites"
The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood was a group of English painters, poets and critics, founded in 1848. It had seven members - Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais, William Michael Rossetti, James Collinson, Frederic George Stephens and Thomas Woolner.
The group set out to reform art, to reject mechanistic and conventional styles, and return to the abundant detail, intense colours, and complex compositions of Italian and Flemish art. They had four core declarations: “to have genuine ideas to express; to study Nature attentively, so as to know how to express them; to sympathise with what is direct and serious and heartfelt in previous art, to the exclusion of what is conventional and self-parodying and learned by rote; and most indispensable of all, to produce thoroughly good pictures and statues.”