One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The principles, methods, or style of painting adopted by the Pre-Raphaelites and their followers; = "Pre-Raphaelitism".
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in ‘George Eliot’ (1819–1880), novelist (real name Mary Ann Evans). From Pre-Raphael + -ism. Compare French préraphaélisme. Compare slightly earlier Pre-Raphaelitism.
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