Five Pre-Raphaelite highlights

  • 1 May 2013

From artists' homes to the Brotherhood's favourite countryside haunt, discover a chapter of the Pre-Raphaelite story at each of these vibrant venues.

1. Red House, London
Free entry with National Art Pass

The founder of the Arts & Crafts movement, William Morris was one of the closest associates of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Red House, which he commissioned in 1859, features wall paintings and stained glass by Edward Burne-Jones, as well as original features designed by Morris himself.

2. Wallington, Northumberland
Free entry with National Art Pass

Wallington was home to the unconventional Trevelyan family. While Northumberland was far from Britain's major artistic centres, Lady Trevelyan's relationship to the Pre-Raphaelites made them frequent patrons at the house. Today, Wallington Hall is home to murals, paintings and sculptures by the Brotherhood.

3. Kelmscott House, London

Free entry to all

William Morris lived in this beautiful 18th-century house on the banks of the River Thames during the last 18 years of his life. Enjoy the comprehensive collection of Morris & co. wallpapers and printed cottons, silks and embroideries.

4. Wightwick Manor, West Midlands
Free entry with National Art Pass

Wightwick is a Pre-Raphaelite house through and through, having been built, decorated and furnished under the influence of the Brotherhood. Visitors to the house can see original paintings by Rossetti, Burne-Jones, Holman Hunt and others, as well as Morris wallpaper and De Morgan tiles.

5. William Morris Gallery, London
Free entry to all

Situated in the fine Georgian house which was Morris's childhood home, this gallery is home to many of the pieces Morris created in collaboration with Edward Burne-Jones, from pictorial tiles to scintillating stained glass, as well as original works by the artist.