About this Project

You are invited to explore this site if you are curious about: 

  • the novelist George Eliot (1819-1880). This site specifically explores the art she saw in Italy. The site is named after her because asking about the role of the visual arts in her novels, journals and letters was the starting point for this project. 
  • other, less famous Victorian women writers who wrote more specifically about art and about the role of women in 19th century art history. This site will offer you visual and textual resources about the writings and travels of the two most famous British women "art critics" who were George Eliot's contemporaries: Anna Jameson (1794-1860) and Lady Elizabeth Eastlake, nee Rigby (1809-1893).

  • travel maps and travel patterns of the Victorians. Check out the itineraries of all three women on a timeline.   

This is a work in progress! The maps, stories, and resource collection that you see being added to this site are being created by Antje Anderson. I hold an M.A. in Art History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a Ph.D. from Rice University in English literature, and used to be a professor of English at Hastings College in Hastings, NE. I am also a proud contributor to the George Eliot Archive at UNL. 

Click here for more information about my research interests and how they relate to this project.