GF Watts (1817–1904) has been variously described as one of the ‘heroic failures of British art’ and ‘shallow and pretentious’. He fell out of favour for many years and was sidelined as a late Victorian oddity - an artist who neither fitted into the Pre-Raphaelites mould nor that of the more strident 19th century moralists.
Storm Thorgerson designed the cover for Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’, an album that can be found in the homes of over 40 million people. In a career spanning over 30 years he has produced album graphics for numerous acts.
The Cult of Beauty: Exploring the Aesthetic Movement
The first major exhibition dedicated to Aestheticism highlights the spectacular work produced by the artists, designers and architects of the late 19th-century movement, including James McNeill Whistler, William Morris and Thomas Jeckyll. Lead curator Stephen Calloway and other experts lead us through a world of beauty, flamboyance and faint danger via the work of Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Oscar Wilde.
‘Cult of Beauty’ exhibition curator Stephen Calloway discusses one of Aubrey Beardsley’s great early masterpieces, Siegfried, and takes a look at Beardsley’s short but extraordinary life as one of the most important and distinctive artists of the late 19th-century Aesthetic movement.
An opportunity to see many of Watts’s finest portraits including those of Tennyson, Millais, Morris, Leighton and Manning. The portraits are being loaned by the National Portrait Gallery, Leighton House Museum and a private collection and as such this represents a unique opportunity to see Watts’s finest portraits gathered together.