Rare works that trace Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s obsession with his chief muse Jane Morris will be going on show at Bradford’s Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, in Lister Park, this weekend.
Rossetti’s Obsession: Images of Jane Morris, which opens on Saturday and runs until June 1, consists of works by the 19th century Pre-Raphaelite painter, who fell in love with the wife of arts and crafts movement pioneer William Morris.
It will also show photographs of Jane, including a number in which she poses for possible paintings for Rossetti. The exhibition – marking the centenary of Jane’s death – will be supported by a series of events, including an exhibition opening on Sunday, featuring a free talk from Rossetti and Jane Morris expert Jan Marsh of London’s National Portrait Gallery.
Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Bradford Council’s executive member for culture, said: “This will offer a unique opportunity to see some works that have rarely been seen before in public and it is the first of our significant exhibitions, which we have been able to attract, because we have upgraded facilities.”