Explore LS Lowry's admiration for the Pre-Raphaelites.
The Pre-Raphaelites were a group of 19th-century artists who ‘rebelled’ against the accepted thinking and artistic teaching of the time. They produced and promoted a style of painting ‘uninfluenced’ by the work of the Italian painter Raphael, whose work they believed had had a corrupting effect on the academic teaching of art.
Lowry was a particularly avid admirer of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood's co-founder Dante Gabriel Rossetti. On display is Rossetti's Portrait of Alexa Wilding – a chalk on paper sketch that Lowry owned and hung on his bedroom wall. Lowry acquired much of his own Pre-Raphaelite collection from the Stone Gallery in Newcastle where he was a frequent visitor and president of their Rossetti Society.
Altogether, 40 works by Rossetti, Ford Madox Brown and Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones feature in the exhibition.