All items: Dante Gabriel Rossetti

When Lucinda Hawksley began researching her biography of Queen Victoria’s daughter Princess Louise, she didn’t expect to meet opposition from, amongst others, the Royal Archive. But requests for information here and elsewhere went unanswered — which only increased the author’s resolve to get to the bottom of the mystery surrounding her subject.

Jan Marsh speaks with James McConnachie about her renowned biographies, the attraction of art history and the advantages of being ‘on the fringes of scholarship’, and always doing something new.