extraordinary range of talents and interests,
combined with his energy and enthusiasm, made
him the central figure in the formation of the
group of writers and artists who were to name
themselves "The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood".
Hunt's express hostility to academy art gave
the movement its initial polemical and theoretical
He was particularly inspired by the first volume
of Ruskin's "Modern Painters", and he introduced
the others to Ruskin's ideas, which proved so
fruitful to so many in and associated with the
PRB and its aftermath. But it was DGR whose
cultural vision and force of character magnetized
the group, just as it was Rossetti's work which
was to have the longest and most significant
impact on poetry and the visual arts.