The exhibition will be arranged in four main chronological sections, charting the development of the Aesthetic Movement in art and design through the decades from the 1860s to the 1890s. As well as paintings, prints and drawings, the show will include examples of all the 'artistic' decorative arts, together with drawings, designs and photographs, as well as portraits, fashionable dress and jewellery of the era. Literary life will be represented by some of the most beautiful books of the day, whilst a number of set-pieces will reveal the visual world of the Aesthetes, evoking the kind of rooms and ensembles of exquisite objects through which they expressed their sensibilities.
‘Ladies and Animals’ Sideboard
Pine, painted in oil paint, with gold and silver leaf
Museum no. W.10-1953
Given by Mrs. J.W. Mackail (daughter of the artist)
Edward Burne-Jones created this piece for his own home. The painted decoration transformed this simple sideboard into a work of art.
'Merchant’s Daughter’, stained glass panel
Made by Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co.
Stained and painted glass
Museum no. C.323A-1927
Bequeathed by J.R. Holliday
Edward Burne-Jones produced many designs for stained glass but they were mainly for large scale church windows, in contrast to this small panel for a domestic interior.
'Call, I follow, I follow, let me die!'
Julia Margaret Cameron
Carbon print from copy negative
Museum no. 15-1939
Given by Mrs Perrin
This unconventional portrait shows Cameron's parlour maid, Mary Hillier, as the tragic heroine of Arthurian legend. Its title comes from Tennyson's poem Idylls of the King.
Pencil and crayon on paper
Museum no. P.7-1933
Given by Mr H.C. Coaks
Sandys often returned to the subject of a woman biting a lock of curling hair.