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Unseen Rossetti drawing to be shown in UK

16th November 2010

A work by Dante Gabriel Rossetti will go on show to the public for the first time at the start of next year.

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery is to exhibit Rossetti's 'brooding' Mnemosyne from January 29th as part of its The Poetry of Drawing show.

The work, which was completed in 1881, is a large-scale pastel drawing of Jane Morris, the wife of the designer William Morris.

Morris is regarded as Rossetti's most important muse in his later years and Mnemosyne was kept at his studio until his death, upon which it entered a private collection.

Martin Mullaney, cabinet member for leisure, sport and culture with Birmingham City Council, commented: 'It is an extraordinary coup by our world-class museum and art gallery to secure this previously unseen work by Rossetti for the exhibition The Poetry of Drawing.'

Other works in the show come from Pre-Raphaelites and associated artists such as Sir John Everett Millais, Holman Hunt, John Ruskin, Edward Burne-Jones, Frederick Sandys and Simeon Solomon.

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery is currently showing a selection of artefacts from the Staffordshire Hoard - a collection of seventh century Anglo-Saxon treasures that were discovered in 2009.
 

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