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The E-BNR aims to build a comprehensive & unique cross-artform guide to the British neo-Romantic tradition, from 1880 to the present day.

While the British Romantics of 1789-1824 have spawned a vast industry of publishers, conferences & tourism, the later neo-Romantic traditions remain largely neglected. The E-BNR is aimed at bringing this hidden tradition to light.

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  Neo-Romantic artists have drawn their inspiration   from artists of the age of Romanticism or earlier.   Characteristic themes in their work include a   mystical approach to the British landscape...

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George Macdonald.
Lewis Carroll.
John Ruskin.
Christina Rosetti.
Rudyard Kipling.
William Morris.
Richard Jefferies.
Edward Carpenter.
Kenneth Grahame.
Arthur Machen.
Algernon Blackwood.


G.M. Hopkins.
W.B. Yeats.
A.E. Housman
Laurence Binyon.


Gustav Holst.
Vaughan Williams.
Edward Elgar.
Granville Bantock.


Edward Burne-Jones.
Maxwell Armfield.
Mark Symons.
John Duncan.
George Henry.
  & Edward Atkinson

Gerald Moira.
Robert Bateman.
Samuel Palmer.
Walter Crane.
Edward Robert Hughes.
Bernard Sleigh.
Eleanor Fortescue

Nathaniel Sparks.
F.C. Robinson.
Reginald Hallward.
Laurence Housman.
James Joshua Guthrie.
Paul Nash.
Charles Mahoney.
Arthur Rackham.
Thomas Cooper Gotch.
Christopher Wood.


Aesthetic movement.
Birmingham Group.
Neo-gothic architecture.
Fairy & ghost photos.

1920s - 'places to hide':

Ballet design.
Book illustration.
The Kibbo Kift.



John Cowper Powys.
J.R.R. Tolkien.
Mervyn Peake.
C.S. Lewis.
Daphne du Maurier.
Mary Webb.
Herbert Read.
Forrest Reid
T.H. White.
Hugh Walpole.


Robert Graves.
Rev. Francis Kilvert.
Geoffrey Grigson.
Bill Brandt.
Roger Mayne.
John Deakin.
Nikolaus Pevsner.


Arnold Bax.
Vaughan Williams.


John Piper.
John Craxton.
John Minton.
David Jones.
Graham Sutherland.
Stanley Spencer.
Eric Ravilious.
Ralph Chubb.
Charles Mahoney.
Michael Ayrton.
Thomas Monnington.


Dylan Thomas.
Edwin Smith.
Ithell Colquhoun.
Francis Berry.
George Barker.
Laurence Whistler.


Humphrey Jennings.
Powell & Pressburger.
David Lean.
Epic British film music.






   BIBLIOGRAPHY (book list):

   PLEASE NOTE: Books about individuals are listed on that person's relevant Encyclopedia page.


Peter Ackroyd.
The Origins of the English Imagination. (2002).

Peter Woodcock.
This Enchanted Isle - The Neo-Romantic Vision from William Blake to the New Visionaries. (2000).

F. Trentmann
Civilisation and its Discontents: English Neo-Romanticism and the Transformation of Anti-Modernism in Twentieth-Century Western Culture. (1994, Birkbeck College).
Partly published as a paper in: Journal of Contemporary History, Vol. 29, No. 4 (Oct., 1994), pp. 583-625

John Christian.
The Last Romantics: Romantic Tradition in British Art - Burne-Jones to Stanley Spencer (1989).

David Mellor.
Paradise Lost: the neo-Romantic imagination in Britain, 1935 - 1955. (1987).

S. Sillars.
British Romantic Art and The Second World War. (1991).

Arts Council Welsh Committee
British romantic painting in the twentieth century: A coronation year exhibition shown in Wales (1953).

Malcolm Yorke.
The Spirit of Place - Nine Neo-Romantic Artists and Their Times. (1989).

P. Cannon-Brookes.
The British Neo-Romantics. (1983).

Corbett, Holt and Russell (Ed's.)
The Geographies of Englishness: Landscape and the National Past, 1880-1940. (2002).

Robin Williamson and John Matthews (Eds.)
From the Isles of Dream: Visionary Stories and Poems of the Celtic Renaissance (1993)

Charles Hemming.
British Landscape Painters: A History and Gazetteer. Gollancz, 1989.

Graham Arnold.
The Ruralists - A Celebration. (2003).

Christopher Martin.
The Ruralists (An Art & Design Profile, No. 23) (1992).

Louisa Buck.
The Surrealist Spirit in Britain (1988).

Jeremy Hooker
Writers in a Landscape (1996 - Thomas Hardy, Richard Jefferies, Edward Thomas and John Cowper Powys)  


Edward Picot.
Outcasts from Eden - ideas of landscape in British poetry since 1945 (1997).

Andrew Duncan.
Secrets of Nature: Propaganda, Documentary, and the Origins of the Underground in British Poetry, 1932-70.

Rob Jackaman.
The Course of English Surrealist Poetry Since the 1930s (Studies in British Literature, Vol. 5.).

("...has probably the most serious account of the New Romantics [poetry only] currently in print." -- Andrew Duncan)

Stefan Schimanski & Henry Treece (Eds.).
A New Romantic Anthology. Grey Walls Press, 1949.



Michael Bracewell.
England Is Mine. (1997). (Erudite study of the links between English high culture and pop culture)


Recently noted publications:

Philip Hoare
England's Lost Eden: Adventures in a Victorian Utopia. (2005)

Dave Heath (b.1956)
Sirocco - Concerto for Violin, Oboe and Chamber Orchestra
The Celtic - Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra
Home from the Storm for Flute and Chamber Orchestra
The Sapphire for Oboe and Chamber Orchestra
Requiem: The Beloved for Soprano, Treble, Oboe, Choir and Organ
Lochalsh for Solo Violin.

"From a review: Collectors who purchased the Linn recording featuring The Celtic will pretty much know what to expect from the majority of works on this disc - the use of folk music, driving rhythms, heart-on-sleeve neo-romanticism"

John Lane and Satish Kumar (Eds.). Images of Earth & Spirit - A Resurgence Art Anthology. (2005)

Lowry Press, 2001. Unseen Landscapes. (Catalogue of a show of 'empty' landscapes, by Lowry, Raymond Moore, Edward Burra, Paul Nash and others.)

Brian Allen (Ed.) Towards a Modern Art World (Studies in British Art 1).

"To speak of 'the British' in conjunction with 'the Modern' is to suggest a linkage that goes against the grain of our understanding of the history of western art from the 18th century to the present day. This volume seeks to account for the marginal position of British art, by approaching that marginality as an historial problem."

Ted Hughes, Collected Poems (2004).

Seeking the Sublime: Neo-Romanticism in Landscape Photography (Sally Apfelbaum, Barbara Ess, Nancy Goldring, Sandra Haber, Lorie Novak, Jan Staller). Catalogue of an exhibition in the USA, 1995.

The Green Book - a fine arts journal from the 1980s.





Leslie Hurry.
Robin Tanner.
Ceri Richards.
Michael Ayrton.

  Classical music:

Havergal Brian.
Benjamin Britten.


Dylan Thomas   (reputation).
Vernon Watkins.
Ted Hughes.
Christopher Logue.
Keith Vaughan.
Ore magazine.
Eric Ratcliffe.
Edwin Morgan.
Roland Mathias.


Laurie Lee.
Alan Garner.
John Gordon.


Laurie Lee.
E.P. Thompson.
J.A. Baker.
Geoffrey Grigson.



Fay Godwin.
James Ravilious.
Raymond Moore.
Andy Goldsworthy.

  Popular music:

Robert Wyatt.
Syd Barrett.
Marc Bolan.
John Foxx.
Throbbing Gristle.
Genesis P. Orridge.
The Dancing Did.
Virginia Astley.
Brian Eno.
Roger Eno.

  Classical music:

Dave Heath.


Clifford Harper.


Derek Jarman.
David Rudkin.


Vivienne Westwood.


Angela Carter.
Ted Hughes.
Peter Ackroyd.
Heathcote Williams.
Keith Roberts.
Richard Cowper.
Robert Holdstock.
Susan Cooper.


Kathleen Raine.
Roland Mathias.
Gwyn Thomas.
R.S. Thomas.
George Mackay

Seamus Heaney.
Pauline Stainer.


Graham Ovenden.
Annie Ovenden.
Ann Arnold.
Robert Lenkiewicz.
John Elwyn.
Cecil Collins.
Ian Hamilton Finlay.
Andrew Logan.
Alan Reynolds.
Norman Ackroyd.
Christopher P. Wood.
Jim Leon.

  Groups & circles:

The Ruralists.
Temenos magazine.
Resurgence magazine.
Crop Circles, makers.
English Underground.

2000 - to the present:

Andrew Logan.
Ian Hamilton Finlay.
Vivienne Westwood.
Andy Goldsworthy.
Christopher Bucklow.
Peter Ackroyd.
Pauline Stainer.
Brian Eno.
Roger Eno.
Jon Aldersea.
Christopher P. Wood.
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