The Making of a Collection

The paintings collection in the Victoria and Albert Museum was inaugurated in 1857 through John Sheepshanks's gift of around 500 modern British oil paintings, watercolours and drawings to found a 'National Gallery of British Art'.

His gift included major works by Turner and Constable as well as early 19th century genre painters including Landseer, Mulready and Wilkie. In 1901 a bequest made by Constantine Alexander Ionides introduced outstanding works by Burne-Jones and Rossetti.

Susan Owens, Curator of Paintings at the V&A, will give an overview of the wide range of Victorian pictures in the collection, from genre painting, through the Pre-Raphaelites and their followers, to the fin-de-siecle decadence of Aubrey Beardsley.

Venue information

Opening times

Daily, including bank holidays, 10am – 5pm Closed 24 – 26 Dec

Entry details

Tickets: 10
Booking information: please telephone 0870 050 3688 2.30pm

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