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Exploring the celebrated Victorian poet's significant connection with visual art, this exhibition brings together paintings, illustrations, works on paper and photography.

Presenting portraits of the poet and highlights of the many visual images inspired by her words – alongside Rossetti's own intriguing and virtually unknown drawings – this exhibition will consider Christina Rossetti's complex attitude to visual art, recognising the enduring appeal of her verse to visual artists from the 1850s through to the present day.

Highlights include Dante Gabriel Rossetti's illustrations for Goblin Market (1862 and 1865) and The Prince's Progress (1866), lively illustrations to her poetry by Arthur Hughes and Frederick Sandys, and paintings from the 1860s onwards inspired by her poems, such as Arthur Hughes' The Mower (1865), and the pioneering art photographer Julia Margaret Cameron's composition The Minstrel Group (1866).

Watts Gallery – Artists' Village

Down Lane, Guildford, Compton, Surrey, GU3 1DQ

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