Sumptuous colours, lavish patterns and tales of seduction, religion and mid-Victorian morals. Paintings by Ford Madox Brown, Holman Hunt and Millais, craft and design by William Burges and William de Morgan.

View of the Pre Raphaelite gallery

The Pre-Raphaelites in their time

The Pre-Raphaelites were Britain’s first and best-known radical art movement, a group of rebellious students from the Royal Academy who wanted to paint pictures of modern life. This gallery showcases Manchester’s world famous collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings; pictures that reflect key topics and issues of the time such as religion, morality and emigration.

The Pre-Raphaelites revolutionised the way paintings looked, using bright colours and minute detail.  Along with Arts and Crafts designers such as William Morris, they promoted values of truth to materials and good workmanship, and took stylistic inspiration from the Middle Ages and the arts of the Middle East.

Key works usually on display in this gallery include:

If you are coming to see a particular work please contact the gallery in advance to ensure it is on display.