• Collection of siren figures sitting on boulder-like forms as they look out to sea.
    I like it, it's funny, proved the preraphs had a sense of humour (in between the bouts of misogyny).
  • The fifth narrative panel of the series. A wooden ship with a single sail rising above the upper edge of the tapestry is anchored at the seashore. In the foreground grass grows amidst the sand and pebbles.
    Ghost ship? Or is it the Dawntreader?

    I always expect to see Reepicheep scrambling over the side, he's probably just out of sight.
  • A dead or dying young male lying on a bed. Pale skin with long red hair, wearing white shirt and purple breeches. A bottle is held in his hand which has fallen to the floor. The window behind him is open onto a view of city rooftops. in the foreground, a box of torn paper stand opens to the left, a red coat to the right.
    Well, I tend to like the gothic. Is it wrong to like the romantic poets more for their decadent reputation than for their poetry?
  • A man is lying on the floor having been stabbed.  A woman cradles him whilst another man stands behind them with a staff.
    I saw this painting in the conservation studio, out of its frame, removed from its stretcher, in the middle of being relined, wax oozing from the frayed edges of the original canvas.

    It is unusual, even if you work in a museum, to see a work so exposed and looking so vulnerable.

    It made me view a painting I'd never really liked in a new light. Now I always see it as it was then - even though the frame is back on and the work of our conservator has preserved it for several more decades.
  • Recto: Anatomical study of a dead figure suspended by a rope.  Verso: designs for decoration.
    You don't need a label to see that he drew this from a real corpse. Or to work out that he must have got quite personal with it to make it lie how he wanted. Committed...
  • A full length figure of a nude woman stands in 3/4 view to the right, as a clothed man, kneeling before her, earnestly grabs her hands.  Fourth and last in the series.
    Everything I hate about the preraphaelites. Not the painting itself but its theme.

    Pygmalion was apparently repulsed by the women he knew (too real) - so made his own perfect woman in marble - then (lucky him) - she comes to life and bears him a son (I hope it was someone else's).

    The creation of an ideal that no real woman can ever hope to match is clearly an old problem.
  • Horizontal format painting, with several figures seated and standing around a table.
    I have a large sample print of it on my office wall. Most visitors think it's The Last Supper - until they look again - I imagine there were more clothes involved at the Last Supper...

    I have an alternative name for this painting but I'm not sure this is a suitable forum (feel free to guess)!
  • Full length study of nude woman, laying on ground, hands leaning on ground in front, staring downward.
    My favourite drawing, the blue background is unique in the collection and that makes it stand out. It doesn't annoy me, or make me laugh, it just works on a purely visual level.
  • Circular image. A black angel holding a staff, seated on a throne, with flames behind him.
    Couldn't get more gothic...though I personally doubt the existence of such a flower...even Mabey's Flora Britannica does not reference it.
  • Study of a man in full armour, with a sword in his right hand, and a hand-mirror in his left, held to his face.
    He seems to be admiring himself in the mirror...and I'm not sure that armour will protect anyone...pretty though.

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