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Victorian Visions

Nineteenth Century Art From the John Schaeffer Collection

written by Richard Beresford

Art Gallery of NSW | ISBN 9781741740578

Paperback – 175 pages


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Victorian visions presents an impressive collection of some 45 paintings, watercolours, drawings and sculptures by some of the luminaries of Victorian art, including works by Rossetti, Holman Hunt, Burne-Jones, Leighton, Poynter, Watts and Waterhouse. The collection has been assembled by John Schaeffer, Australia’s most passionate and highly respected collector of 19th-century European art. Many of the works of art are superb examples from these significant artists. Among them are Mariamne by J W Waterhouse, which featured prominently in the recent Waterhouse exhibition at the Royal Academy, London; Holman Hunt’s Il dolce far niente, recently in the Holman Hunt exhibition in Manchester and Toronto; Richard Redgrave’s The sempstress, one of the most important and most discussed early Victorian social realist images; and Leighton’s Athlete struggling with a python, long recognised as the seminal work in British new sculpture.

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