Friday, January 7, 2011

The Poetry of Drawing: Pre-Raphaelite Designs, Studies and Watercolours

Those of you living in the UK (or visiting) are in for a real treat this month. From January 29, 2011 to May 15, 2011, The Birmingham Museum is hosting what promises to be "the largest survey of Pre-Raphaelite drawings and watercoulours ever staged." The museum has assembled works Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery’s world-class collections, together with important pieces from public and private lenders, including some works by D.G. Rossetti, William Holman Hunt and Edward Burne-Jones that have never previously been exhibited. The exhibit, entitled The Poetry of Drawing, will place special emphasis on the important role that drawing played in the Pre-Raphaelite movement.

The Poetry of Drawing will include pieces from the most prominent members of the Pre-Raphaelite movement, including all the original members of the PRB, Elizabeth Siddal, Edward Burne-Jones, Frederick Sandys and Simeon Solomon. Later artists, such as Aubrey Beardsley, who were influenced by the Brotherhood are also included, as are the Arts and Crafts contributions of William Morris, William de Morgan and Florence Camm.

For those of you who are unable to attend, the exhibition's curator has created an illustrated volume entitled Pre-Raphaelite Drawing. The book will be published by Thames and Hudson. I would love to see this exhibit in person, but if I don't get the chance, I will definitely be looking into the catalogue!

For more information and ticket prices, please visit the Birmingham Museum's exhibition website.

Image above is William Morris' sketch for his Trellis wallpaper design.


Lady Disdain said...

Hi =)
I'm sorry but just really have to express how much I love your blog. The pre-raphaelites have been one of my favourite art movements for as long as I can remember and so it is such a delight to discover this blog which focuses around them. It has made my day!
I am so excited about the Birmingham exhibition too, have been counting down the days till it begins for months!

Margaret said...

Thanks, Jessica!

You're so lucky to be able to attend the exhibition. It sounds like it's going to be fabulous. You'll have to let me know how it goes!


Lorenzo — Alchemist's Pillow said...

Hi, Margaret, and congratulations. I have just seen that your blog has been cited as one of the 50 Best Art History Blogs at the 'Masters Degree' site. You are in nice company there.

Margaret said...

Thanks, Lorenzo!