Wednesday, January 24, 2018
James Collinson, PRB, RIP
James Collinson was a member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (the PRB), who died on January 24, 1881. He was a follower of the Oxford or Tractarian Movement and almost married Christina Rossetti. Collinson left the PRB, as this website contends, over religious issues. He was a convert to Catholicism--but returned to the Church of England when he was going to marry Christina--who then returned to the Catholic Church and even studied for the priesthood as a Jesuit at Stonyhurst. He left his seminary studies and married, and continued to paint religious subjects and what are termed genre studies. The same website provides many details about Collinson's life and works.
His painting of the "Renunciation of St. Elizabeth of Hungary" probably represents his Pre-Raphaelite period best:
The bright colors, the architectural and textual detail, the dramatic scene and scale, and religious subject are all PRB traits.
May he rest in peace.