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Charles Fairfax Murray: The Unknown Pre-Raphaelite

Dear Book Arts Member,

For Pre-Raphaelite and Book Art Historians, Oak Knoll Press, a scholarly
publisher, has published -


The Unknown Pre-Raphaelite
by David B. Elliott
Foreword by John Christian


This long-awaited biography of Charles Fairfax Murray, the least known of
all the Pre-Raphaelites, will reveal that he was a painter, dealer,
connoisseur, collector and benefactor, as well as the friend of William
Morris, of the Rossettis, friend and studio assistant to Edward
Burne-Jones, and protege of John Ruskin.

Murray made himself invaluable to his masters. He was the great enabler,
the indispensable second fiddle for Rossetti and Burne-Jones as well as the
trusted adjutant to Morris. Whether painting stained glass windows or
adding miniatures to Morris's illuminated manuscripts or being Ruskin's
"heaven-born copyist," Murray was ideally suited to these tasks and more.

An excessively secret man in both his private and professional life, he
deliberately courted anonymity. Perhaps why he left no memoir and that his
dairies reveal little about himself was because Murray had a "dark secret."

After Murray moved out of the shadow of the Pre-Raphaelite heavyweights,
his sphere of activity expanded to embrace collecting, dealing, museology
and art-historical scholarship.

Author and blood-relative grandson of Murray, David Elliot offers an
incredible insight into Murray's world by having access to papers on both
sides of the family and diligently researching treasured archives in
Britain, Europe and America. Co-published with The Book Guild, Ltd.

August 2000, hardcover, 6 x 9 inches, 260 pages, illustrated
ISBN: 1-58456-030-4 / Order No. 59415-X / Price $45.00
Sales Rights: Worldwide outside the UK. Available in the U.K. from The Book
Guild, Ltd.

You can call, e-mail, fax or order this book at

Available from:
Oak Knoll Press, 310 Delaware Street, New Castle DE 19720 USA
Phone: (302) 328-7232 / Toll-free 1-800-996-2556 / Fax: (302) 328-7274
Email: oakknoll@oakknoll.com / Web: www.oakknoll.com

Michael Guessford
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