It’s long been one of the most popular artworks in Tate’s collection and now John Everett Millais’s masterpiece Ophelia has topped a poll of Twitter users’ favourite Pre-Raphaelite paintings.

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  • Sir John Everett Millais, Bt, 'Ophelia' 1851-2

    Sir John Everett Millais, Bt
    Ophelia 1851-2
    Oil on canvas
    support: 762 x 1118 mm frame: 1105 x 1458 x 145 mm
    Presented by Sir Henry Tate 1894

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  • Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 'Beata Beatrix' circa 1864-70

    Dante Gabriel Rossetti
    Beata Beatrix circa 1864-70
    Oil on canvas
    support: 864 x 660 mm frame: 1212 x 1015 x 104 mm
    Presented by Georgiana, Baroness Mount-Temple in memory of her husband, Francis, Baron Mount-Temple 1889

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  • John William Waterhouse, 'The Lady of Shalott' 1888

    John William Waterhouse
    The Lady of Shalott 1888
    Oil on canvas
    support: 1530 x 2000 mm frame: 2000 x 2460 x 230 mm
    Presented by Sir Henry Tate 1894

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  • Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 'Proserpine' 1874

    Dante Gabriel Rossetti
    Proserpine 1874
    Oil on canvas
    support: 1251 x 610 mm frame: 1605 x 930 x 85 mm
    Presented by W. Graham Robertson 1940

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In second place was Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s Beata Beatrix, followed by John William Waterhouse’s Lady of Shalott. However, Rossetti was voted the top Pre-Raphaelite painter. There were 159 votes in total, spread among 63 paintings.

Most of the top 20 paintings, including Ophelia and Beata Beatrix, can currently be seen in Tate Britain’s exhibition Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde.

The poll was conducted by the Pre-Raphaelite Society to mark the 164th anniversary of the founding of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Find out more on their blog

Do you think the right painting won?
What would be in your top five?

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Plus, view more Pre-Rapaelite works on Tate’s Pinterest board.

Top five paintings

1.Ophelia John Everett Millais 

2.Beata Beatrix Dante Gabriel Rossetti

3.Lady of Shalott John William Waterhouse

4.Proserpine Dante Gabriel Rossetti

5.Beguiling of Merlin Edward Burne-Jones

Top five painters

1.Dante Gabriel Rossetti

2.John Everett Millais

3.John William Waterhouse

4.William Holman Hunt

5.Edward Burne-Jones

Travel to Russia in July 2013, and visit the Pre-Raphaelites at Moscow’s Pushkin Museum in the company of co-curator Dr Jason Rosenfeld. For more information please visit Tate Travels.