Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, 1848-1948: Centenary Exhibition
Tate Britain: Exhibition
30 September 194830 September 1949
  • William Holman Hunt, 'Our English Coasts, 1852 ('Strayed Sheep')' 1852

    William Holman Hunt
    Our English Coasts, 1852 ('Strayed Sheep') 1852
    Oil on canvas
    support: 432 x 584 mm frame: 785 x 940 x 85 mm
    Presented by the Art Fund 1946

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On an evening in September 1848, in the home of Millais’ parents at 83 Gower Street, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood was formally constituted.

It seemed appropriate that the Tate Gallery, which had been consistent in its policy of building up a representative collection of this school, should commemorate the centenary month by bringing together this group of acknowledged masterpieces.

The purpose of the exhibition was to illustrate the finest achievement of the Brotherhood and of those painters who came under its immediate influence. The later development, personally inspired by Rossetti, of which Burne-Jones became the central figure, was not represented.