Dr. Rebecca Jeffrey Easby

About Dr. Rebecca Jeffrey Easby

Dr. Rebecca Jeffrey Easby is Contributing Editor for 19th Century Art and an Associate Professor of Art History and Chair of the Fine Arts Program at Trinity Washington University in Washington, D.C. Her research can be found in publications such as The Burlington Magazine and History and Community: Essays in Victorian Medievalism (Garland Press). She received her Ph.D. from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London.

Center (detail), William Powell Frith, The Derby Day, detail of the scene around the thimble rigger, 1856–8, oil on canvas, 101.6 × 223.5 cm (Tate Britain)
Everyone wanted to have a look at the cast of characters Frith created—their variety provides the modern viewer with a fascinating glimpse into Victorian life.

William Powell Frith, Derby Day

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Monna Vanna, 1866, oil on canvas, 88.9 x 86.4 cm (Tate) (photo: Tate, CC-BY-NC-ND (3.0 Unported)
This controversial new movement claimed that art could be divorced from moral or narrative content.

The Aesthetic Movement

Henry Wallis, Chatterton - thumb
Why did the eighteenth-century poet Thomas Chatterton appeal to the Romantics a century later?

Henry Wallis, Chatterton

Ford Madox Brown, Work, Manchester
Muscles, morals, and mongrels help to illustrate the stratification of social class in Victorian England.

Ford Madox Brown, Work