Exhibition Highlights


A Tadema Les Roses

Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912) - The Roses of Heliogabalus, 1888

The Roses of Heliogabalus was first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1888 and has become one of the best known images in the whole of Victorian art.  The picture depicts the ultimate decadence of the Roman Emperor Heliogabalus who for his own pleasure is causing his guests to be suffocated beneath a torrent of falling rose petals released from awnings above them.  This exploration of the pitfalls of excess and the proximity of pleasure and pain is rendered with great technical brilliance.


The Roses of Heliogabalus was bought by Sir John Aird, one of the great Victorian engineers who was responsible for the construction of the Aswan Dam and the removal of the Crystal Palace from Hyde Park to Sydenham. The picture was last exhibited in London in 1913 when it was included in the Alma-Tadema memorial exhibition at the Royal Academy.


Jo Malone London Red Roses

Creating a unique, multi-sensory experience of Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s magnificent The Roses of Heliogabalus, one of the great paintings of the Victorian era, Jo Malone London is scenting the Upper Perrin Gallery with Red Roses, a fragrance inspired by a voluptuous blend of seven of the world’s most exquisite roses.

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Jeunes filles Grecques_Leighton

Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-1896) - Greek Girls picking up Pebbles, 1871



Le Quartet_Moore

Albert Moore (1841-1893) - The Quartet, 1868




Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-1896) - Crenaia, Nymph of the Dargle, 1880



Venus Verticordia Rossetti

Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882) - Venus Verticordia, 1867-8 



Pointer Andromeda

Edward Poynter (1836-1919) - Andromeda, 1869




Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898) - Fatima, 1862



The Enchanted Sea - Payne

Henry Payne (1868-1940) - The Enchanted Sea, c. 1899


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