A Pre-Raphaelite Collection Unveiled: The Cecil French Bequest

Watts Gallery – Artists' Village

6 March – 3 June 2018

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Discover hidden gems in this little-known collection from a passionate collector of late Pre-Raphaelite art.

Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Cupid Delivering Psyche, 1867

A great admirer and follower of the Symbolist movement, Cecil French studied at the Royal Academy, intending to become a professional artist himself.

His own career never took off, but his great knowledge of and enthusiasm for the work of his Victorian contemporaries and their later British successors resulted in a distinguished collection built up gradually over a lifetime.

Eventually owned by Hammersmith and Fulham Council, French’s legacy includes important works by Frederic Leighton, Lawrence Alma-Tadema, John William Waterhouse, Edward Burne-Jones and Albert Moore.

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Tuesday – Sunday, 11am – 5pm Closed Mondays (except Bank Holidays)

"Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331)