Il Dolce far Niente (detail) by William Holman Hunt, 1866. Private Collection, c/o Grant Ford Ltd.

 

Models, artists, makers, partners and poets. Discover the untold stories of the Pre-Raphaelite Sisters

170 years after the first pictures were exhibited by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1849, Pre-Raphaelite Sisters, explores the overlooked contribution of twelve women to this iconic artistic movement. Featuring new discoveries and unseen works from public and private collections across the world, this show reveals the women behind the pictures and their creative roles in Pre-Raphaelite’s successive phases between 1850 and 1900.

Featured

Joanna Wells, Fanny Cornforth, Marie Spartali Stillman, Evelyn de Morgan, Christina Rossetti, Georgiana Burne-Jones, Effie Millais, Elizabeth Siddal, Maria Zambaco, Jane Morris, Annie Miller, Fanny Eaton

 

Supported by:

The Tavolozza Foundation

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The Michael Marks Charitable Trust

The Peter Cadbury Trust


Media Partner:

Scala Radio

 
 

17 October 2019 - 26 January 2020

Open daily 10.00 – 18.00/ Friday until 21.00

Wolfson and Lerner Galleries

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London, WC2H 0HE

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Tickets are £5 per student/pupil for groups 10+ visiting from 10.00-14.00, booking and paying at least a month in advance. Find out more.

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Special tours are available for groups, including a lecture and opportunity to explore the exhibition. For more information visit group tours.

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Every Friday enjoy £5 tickets (open late, until 21.00)

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Due to the nature of the works on display, bags over 38 by 30cm, rucksacks and umbrellas are not permitted in this exhibition. Please make use of the Gallery cloakroom on Floor -2. For more information click here.


Events

A range of ticketed events including a film screening, talk, and lecture complement the exhibition.

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9 events matching the search term Pre-Raphaelite sisters

Exhibition Tour: Curator-led tour of Pre-Raphaelite Sisters

Exhibition Tour: Curator-led tour of Pre-Raphaelite Sisters

  • Talks and Lectures||Friday Lates
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A part of Friday Lates
18 October 2019, 18:00
Meet outside the exhibition
Free with a 18:00 exhibition ticket

Curator Jan Marsh leads a tour of the major new exhibition, Pre-Raphaelite Sisters.


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Life Drawing: Pre-Raphaelite Sisters

Life Drawing: Pre-Raphaelite Sisters

  • Drawing||Workshop||Friday Lates
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A part of Friday Lates
25 October 2019, 18:30-20:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters)

Join artist Grace Adam for a life drawing session that draws inspiration from female artists whose works are currently on display as part of the major exhibition, Pre-Raphaelite Sisters.


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Poetry Reading: Pre-Raphaelite Sisters in Poetry

Poetry Reading: Pre-Raphaelite Sisters in Poetry

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A part of Friday Lates
1 November 2019, 18:00-19:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free with a 18:00 exhibition ticket
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Acting students from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama read poems featured in the exhibition Pre-Raphaelite Sisters by poets including Christina Rossetti, Elizabeth Siddal, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Alfred, Lord Tennyson and William Morris. Free with exhibition ticket.

 


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In Conversation: Elizabeth Siddal: Poetry, Art, Life

In Conversation: Elizabeth Siddal: Poetry, Art, Life

  • Talks and Lectures||Friday Lates
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A part of Friday Lates
1 November 2019, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Curator Jan Marsh, poet Gillian Allnutt, Dr Serena Trowbridge and journalist Alison Flood look at the poetry, art and life of Elizabeth Siddall.


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In Conversation: Always Nearly Famous

In Conversation: Always Nearly Famous

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A part of Friday Lates
15 November 2019, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

What does it take for female artists of the past to become famous? What brings about fame for a dead artist and their works?

With reference to Joanna Wells (nee Boyce), Marie Spartali and Evelyn DeMorgan,  art historian Pamela Gerrish-Nunn, Chief Curator Alison Smith and journalist Rachel Cooke will examine the issues surrounding female artists and the perception of legacy.

 

 


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Young People: Life-drawing Workshop

Young People: Life-drawing Workshop

  • Workshop||Young People

16 November 2019, 13:00-16:00
Education Studio
Fully booked

Take inspiration from the Pre-Raphaelite Sisters exhibition then learn figure-drawing techniques working from a clothed life model. Led by artist Caroline Dorset.


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Weekend Workshop: ‘Sister’ Portraits

Weekend Workshop: ‘Sister’ Portraits

23 November - 24 November 2019, 11:00-17:00
Education Studio
Tickets: £150 (£125 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Inspired by the major exhibition Pre-Raphaelite Sisters, join portrait artist Robin-Lee Hall for a practical painting workshop focusing on the female artists linked to the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood.


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Life Drawing: Pre-Raphaelite Longing

Life Drawing: Pre-Raphaelite Longing

  • Drawing||Workshop||Friday Lates
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A part of Friday Lates
29 November 2019, 18:30-20:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Artist Marc Woodhead leads a life drawing session inspired by the major exhibition Pre-Raphaelite Sisters


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Members’ Evening Private View: Pre-Raphaelite Sisters and Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2019

Members’ Evening Private View: Pre-Raphaelite Sisters and Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2019

  • For Members

13 January 2020, 18:30-20:30
Main Hall, Porter, Lerner and Wolfson Galleries

Join us for an evening of two must-see exhibitions. View the best of both worlds with portraits by the very best contemporary photographers in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2019 alongside the Pre-Raphaelite heroine’s unseen works.

Please RSVP for this event from 4 November 2019

 

 

 


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Exhibition Catalogue

Exhibition Catalogue

For far too long the male protagonists of the Pre-Raphaelite movement have dominated accounts of this revolution in British art. This book aims to redress the balance in showing just how engaged and central women were to the endeavour – as models, sitters, artists and helpmeets.

Price: £35

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Fridays until 21.00
Last admission to the exhibition is one hour before the Gallery closes.
Exiting commences ten minutes before the closing time.


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Pre-Raphaelites in the Gallery’s Collection


Explore a selection of images of or by artists in the Pre-Raphaelite Circle from our Collection that are available as framed and unframed prints here.