This movement was originally founded in 1848 by Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais. The group, initially comprising Rossetti, his brother William, James Collinson, the sculptor Thomas Woolner as well as Hunt and Millais, specialized in detailed studies of medieval scenes strong on elaborate symbolism and noble themes.
Tennyson and the Pre-Raphaelites would have found it difficult to recognize this rather sullen and unsatisfactory child, with the ugly face, who did not disclose to anybody that he was living on dreams and prayers.
T. H. White -- The Once and Future King
Christina Rossetti was a significant minor British poet of the late nineteenth century, although not so well known as her older brother Dante Gabriel Rossetti, a poet, painter, and leader in the artistic Pre-Raphaelite movement.
Thomas C. Foster -- How to Read Literature Like a Professor
"Most likely they’ve already looked at all the antiques, and now they’re making the round of the studios of the new people, the German humbug, and the cracked Pre-Raphaelite English fellow, and have only come to me to make the point of view complete," he thought.
Leo Tolstoy -- Anna Karenina
Now he saw that the girl was almost a young woman, poised and imperious, quite the little Pre-Raphaelite princess with her bangles and tresses, her painted nails and velvet choker.
Ian McEwan -- Atonement
The pictures identified the rooms, and the pre-Raphaelite influence was overwhelming.
John Steinbeck -- East of Eden
Wonderful composition, with the balance of the mirror and the woman, who is rendered in the style of the pre-Raphaelite brotherhood, I believe.
Libba Bray -- A Great and Terrible Beauty
IT DOESN’T SEEM he has, though, because on Saturday, I receive a card of a pre-Raphaelite girl looking coyly over her shoulder.
Sophie Kinsella -- Confessoins of a Shopaholic
Josef’s is of a voluptuous but not overweight woman, sitting on a stool with a sheet draped between her legs, her breasts exposed; her face is Pre-Raphaelite, brooding, consciously mysterious.
Margaret Atwood -- Cat’s Eye
Pestsov, who was standing beside him, was talking to him almost all the time, condemning the music for its excessive affected assumption of simplicity, and comparing it with the simplicity of the Pre-Raphaelites in painting.