A native of Aberdeen who had studied in Italy, Dyce was predominantly a painter of religious and historical subjects. His links with the German Nazarenes and his adoption of a style based on quatrocento painting made him an important precursor of certain aspects of Pre-Raphaelitism. [Wilcox and Newall 97]

William Dyce had some claim to be called the first Pre-Raphaelite. He was a High Churchman and, as well as an artist, an authority on seventeenth-century church music and the decorator of All Saints, Margaret Street. He was also an expert designer of stained glass. [Blythe xv]


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Blythe, Ronald. A Priest to the Temple, or The Country Parson, with Selected Poems: George Herbert. Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2003.

Wilcox, Scott, and Christopher Newall. Victorian Landscape Watercolours. New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1992.

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