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National Portrait Gallery to stage major new exhibition on the women who shaped Pre

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LONDON.- The National Portrait Gallery, London is to stage the first-ever major exhibition to focus on the untold story of the women of Pre-Raphaelite art as part of a 2019 autumn season that also includes the first exhibition situating leading contemporary artist Elizabeth Peyton within the historical tradition of portraiture. Both exhibitions will include works on public display for the first time in the UK.

160 years after the first pictures were exhibited by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1849, Pre-Raphaelite Sisters (17 October 2019 – 26 January 2020), explores the overlooked contribution of twelve women who contributed to the movement in different ways. Featuring new discoveries and unseen works from public and private collections across the world, the exhibition reveals the women behind the pictures and their creative roles in Pre-Raphaelite’s successive phases between 1850 and 1900. Women, such as Joanna Wells (nee Boyce), a Pre-Raphaelite artist in her own right whose work has been largely omitted from the history of the movement, together with Marie Spartali Stillman and Evelyn de Morgan, whose art also shaped the development of Pre-Raphaelitism alongside their male counterparts. Previously unseen works including The First Meeting of Petrarch and Laura by Spartali Stillman, will be on public display for the first time alongside works such as Thou Bird of God by Wells, which hasn’t been exhibited for over 25 years.

Through paintings, photographs, manuscripts and personal items, Pre-Raphaelite Sisters also explores the significant roles women played as models, muses and helpmeets who supported and sustained the artistic output of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. The exhibition tells the story of Annie Miller and Fanny Cornforth, who inspired and modelled for some of the most famous Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood paintings, and introduces Jamaican born model, Fanny Eaton, whose life story is presented in public for the first time.

Images L-R Fanny Eaton by Joanna Wells, 1861. Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund; The First Meeting of Petrarch and Laura by Marie Spartali Stillman, 1889. Private Collection. Photo ,underwearfood

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