Five Pre-Raphaelite houses to explore across the UK
From artists' homes to the Brotherhood's favourite countryside haunt, discover a chapter of the Pre-Raphaelite story at each of these vibrant venues, all free with a 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.
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.
- West Midlands
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.
- Greater London
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.
One of the finest surviving Gothic Revival houses, Knightshayes is a rare example of the work of the eccentric and inspired architect William Burges. The house is full of quirks and curiosities, from gargoyles and grotesques to stone carvings depicting the seven deadly sins and a ceiling inscribed with Robert Burns' poetry.