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Historical Artist - James Collinson (1825 - 1881)

James Collinson was one of the founding members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. He abandoned the group two years after it’s founding because he thought it contradicted his Roman Catholic faith. Collinson began training to become a priest in 1852 but returned to painting two years later. Collinson was a devout Christian who was attracted to the devotional and high church aspects of Pre-Raphaelitism. A convert to Catholicism, Collinson reverted to high Anglicanism in order to marry Christina Rossetti, but his conscience forced his return to Catholicism and the break-up of the engagement. After his resignation Collinson trained for the priesthood at a Jesuit college, but did not complete his studies.

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