Saturday, 1 March 2014

Rossetti's Obsession at the Lady Lever Art Gallery


Some seldom-seen drawings by Dante Gabriel Rossetti featuring Janey Morris as muse in a variety of roles, will be shown in the Rossetti’s Obsession exhibition organised by curator Jill Iredale and opening at Bradford’s Cartwright Hall Art Gallery on 15 March. 
The works are impressive and are seldom-seen because [a] being in coloured chalks or pastel, they are light-sensitive and can’t be displayed permanently and  [b] being little-known they have rarely been requested for exhibition elsewhere.  Together with  other similar pieces, including some from private collections, they provide a compelling immersion in Rossetti’s almost literal visual obsession with Jane’s pale, sombre features, grey eyes and dark hair during the last phase of his career. 
It is a compact show – images from Cartwright Hall at the foot of this post 
then at the Lady Lever Gallery in Port Sunlight from 20 June to 21 September

where it looks like this

and the huge Honeysuckle curtain stitched by Jane and her daughter Jenny looks especially stunning

Free tours of the exhibition:
4 August:  Julian Treuherz
4 September: Julian Treuherz
9 September: Jill Iredale
11 September: Julian Treuherz
17 September: Sandra Penketh

There's an accompanying publication with the ISBN 978-0-946657-64-3, sponsored by the Friends of Bradford Art Galleries.

Also  a useful YouTube link  
to a short video on the Cartwright installation



    1. Thanks for tis news will go to the Lady lever in June

    2. Does anyone know where a copy of the catalogue can be purchased? I visited the exhibition in Walthamstow today and they didn't have any.