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The poetry of drawing
Pre-Raphaelite designs, studies and watercolours

Left: Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882) Study of Jane Morris for ‘Mnemosyne’, 1876, Pastel on paper © Private collection c/o Christie’s Images Ltd., 2010
Right: Edward Robert Hughes (1851-1914) ‘Oh, what’s that in the hollow, so pale, I quake to follow?’ ‘Oh, that’s a thin dead body, which waits the eternal term.’, 1893, Watercolour with gum and scratching-out on paper, Royal Watercolour Society

The most comprehensive exhibition of Pre-Raphaelite drawings ever seen in Australia

In 1848, a group of radical young British artists banded together to form the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, with the singular aim to challenge the art of their time. Committed to the principle of depicting a given subject with sincerity and an unswerving truth to nature, they saw themselves as revolutionaries and went on to change the course of British art.

The poetry of drawing includes rarely seen works by the original members of the Brotherhood: Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Everett Millais and William Holman Hunt; alongside works by their followers and associates such as John Ruskin, Edward Burne-Jones, Frederick Sandys, Simeon Solomon and William Morris.

This major exhibition includes over 140 works–drawings, sketches, watercolours, illustrations and designs for textiles and stained glass–exploring the central role played by drawing in the artists’ creative process.

This is a unique opportunity to view important works from the renowned collection of the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Principal sponsor

Presented by
Birmingham City Council

18 Jun – 4 Sep 2011

$10.00 adult
$8.00 concession
$8.00 member
$28.00 family (2 adults + up to 3 children)
$5.00 student in booked school group

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