Pre-Raphaelite Sisters

A large contingent from the Exhibitions & Galleries Group recently visited the Pre-Raphaelite Sisters exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. We were somewhat overwhelmed by the sheer number of these remarkable women, but delighted to discover that a sizeable number of them had, with the encouragement of their husbands and male colleagues, been painters and artists in their own right, in addition to their better known role as wives, models and muses. Having migrated to the National Gallery café to secure a table that accommodated us all, we discussed, among other things. how history has a way of forgetting women’s art which was highly respected in their own lifetime. The exhibition closes on 26 January 2020.

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