A group of seven artists founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood as a secret society in 1848. The artists William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti were the driving force. They found the fashionable art of the day uninspiring and wanted to produce art that was challenging and different. They were inspired by early Medieval art made before the Italian artist Raphael, hence their name Pre-Raphaelite.

Highlights from the Tullie House collection include a rare early watercolour by Dante Gabriel Rossetti called ‘Borgia’, ‘Windermere, A Storm’ by Ford Madox Brown, ‘Artemis’ embroidery design by William Morris, ‘The Rift within the Lute’ by Arthur Hughes and Burne-Jones’s original stained glass window designs for the East window of St Martin’s Church, Brampton.



Rossetti was born in London of Italian decent, he was a scholar, poet and artist. As one of the most original and controversial of the Pre-Raphaelite artists, he had a major influence on the development of late nineteenth century art, despite rarely exhibiting his work.  


Burne-Jones became one of the most important artists of the second phase of the Pre-Raphaelite movement. He developed an individual style and combined many influences in his art including the classical world, the medieval period and Italian High Renaissance art. Burne-Jones was also the most...

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