13/04/2016

THE PRE-RAPHAELITES ON PAPER...

King Pelles' Daughter Bearing the Vessel of the Sangreal. 
By Frederick Sandys ~1861


For all who love the splendour and sumptuous decor of the Victorian age the VV recommends a visit to Leighton's House in Kensington.


Leighton House entrance hall


The house (which inspired a fictional one belonging to an artist in the VV's novel, Elijah's Mermaid) is full of many glories, from the stunning exotic entrance hall to the formally structured dining room, and then the enormous studio that Leighton used to create his work ~ and also to show the work of other artists he admired.

And now there is a new exhibition of Victorian sketches and drawings from the private Lanigan Collection. It includes portraits and landscapes, and religious and literary scenes, with work from Burne-Jones and Millais, Rossetti, Holman Hunt and Poynter, William Morris, Lizzie Siddall, and Leighton too.

For anyone wishing to see the show, you might also be interested in a lecture to be given by the art historian Christopher Newall on the evening of Thursday April 21. The talk will start at 7pm but doors open up at 6.15 so that any visitors can also take a chance to look around the house.

Should you decide to go along, tickets are normally £15, but the VV is happy to promote a special price of just £10, which includes a complimentary drink. Simply enter the promotional code of SPECIAL10 when logging onto Eventbrite.co.uk - and then go to this ticket page.

Study of Iphigenia, by Frederick Leighton ~ 1883




Pre-Raphaelites on Paper is on show at Leighton House Museum from 12 February ~ 29 May 2016.



For a related post ~ THE VIRTUAL VICTORIAN: VICTORIAN NYMPHS AND MERMAIDS...

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