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DGR's 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 focus.

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.

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