Tuesday 3 September 2013

Surprising Pre-Raphaelite Mural Find @ William Morris' Red House, London

James Breslin, National Trust property manager at the Red House says, In the morning we had one and a half murky figures, in the evening we had an entire wall covered in a pre-Raphaelite painting of international importance. It all began as an attempt to restore one blurry image that had been hidden for a century behind a large built-in wardrobe on William Morris's bedroom wall. After months of painstaking removal of layers of paint and wallpaper what was revealed was an entire wall painted by Morris' young friends who would become what was known as the pre-Raphaelite artists. The near-lifesize figures on the wall at the Morris' first married home, Red House, at Bexleyheath, are now believed to represent the joint work of Edward Burne-Jones, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, his wife Elizabeth Siddal, Ford Madox Brown and Morris himself. For more details, click here.

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