Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

Rossetti, pre the Pre-Raphaelites

4 March – 24 December 2019

Wightwick Manor was home to the Mander family (1887 – 1988) who filled it with their love for Victorian art and design, in particular Pre Raphaelite art collected in the mid-20th century at a time when it was deeply unfashionable. The house is filled with furniture and textiles from the Arts and Crafts movement along with some fine examples of paintings by leading Pre Raphaelite artists including Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

Now, thanks to a gift accepted in lieu of inheritance tax, 52 drawings by Rossetti from his early career have been acquired by the National Trust.

More than 20 of these pictures will be on display to the public for the first time, in a new exhibition in the Daisy Room which will explore the young Rossetti before he helped to establish the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, his interest in literature and his developing style. The exhibition is being funded from a legacy left to the National Trust from a friend of Lady Mander.

Victorian Radicals  JUN 13 – SEP 8 2019  SEATTLE ART MUSEUM

Rebellious artists and designers search for beauty in an age of industry in Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts & Crafts Movement. These artists challenged the new industrial world and looked to the art of the past for inspiration, reasserting the value of the handmade over the dehumanizing sterility of mass production in 19th-century England. Victorian Radicals presents an unprecedented 150 paintings, drawings, sculptures, stained glass, jewelry, textiles, and decorative arts—many never before exhibited outside of the United Kingdom. See vibrant works by the major figures associated with the subversive Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and the later Arts & Crafts Movement.

Pre-Raphaelite Sisters

17 October 2019 – 26 January 2020

This major exhibition is the first-ever to focus on the untold story of the women of Pre-Raphaelite art. 160 years after the first pictures were exhibited by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1849, Pre-Raphaelite Sisters, explores the overlooked contribution of twelve women to the Pre-Raphaelite movement, including Evelyn de Morgan, Effie Millais (nee Gray), Elizabeth Siddal and Joanna Wells (nee Boyce), an artist whose work has been largely omitted from the history of the movement.


Truth and Beauty – San Francisco

Some rarities from the exhibit Truth and Beauty: The Pre-Raphaelites and the Old Masters – Rossetti’s Giotto Painting Dante’s Portrait, Small study versions of Millais’s Isabella, Hunt’s Valentine and The Hireling Shepard. The rare Collins’s The Devout Childhood of St. Elizabeth of Hungary(not exhibited), Elizabeth Siddal’s Holy Family, included with the wall display of connections (artists, wives, models).


Why Pre-Raphaelite Hair is All the Rage


Sotheby’s is promoting their Pre-Raphaelite Auction in July with a piece on a recent photo-shoot at the National Gallery in London focusing on Pre-Raphaelite Hair:

New Exhibition – Truth and Beauty: The Pre-Raphaelites and the Old Masters











June 30, 2018 – September 30, 2018 – San Francisco

Truth and Beauty: The Pre-Raphaelites and the Old Masters is the first major exhibition to juxtapose examples by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood with works that inspired its members, including Italian old masters Fra Angelico and Pietro Perugino and their northern contemporaries Jan van Eyck and Hans Memling. It reveals how the Brotherhood’s aesthetic evolved over time to embrace artistic influences from the High and late Renaissance, such as Titian and Veronese. It also offers a rich multimedia opportunity to examine the artists’ attraction to stained glass, domestic decorations, and sixteenth-century textiles.