Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery Pre Raphaelite Drawings

Rosso Vestita ~ Rossetti
Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery has over 2000 works in their collection of Pre-Raphaelite art, including oil paintings, tapestries, drawings, sketchbooks, stained glass and related cartoons, as well as prints, illustrated books, watercolours and ceramics.

Funded by public subscription, over 1000 drawings were bought from the artist and dealer Charles Fairfax Murray in 1903 and 1906 and clearly show how important drawing was to the Pre-Raphaelite vision and way of working.Many of the drawings are by Holman Hunt but there are also several rarely seen works by Ruskin, Millais and Rossetti.  A good example is Rosso Vestita Rosetti's second watercolour which is one of four fragments remaining from a large design for Kate the Queen, which was destroyed by Rossetti.

The collection can be viewed at: