PRE-RAPHAELITES ON PAPER. Victorian Drawings from the Lanigan Collection. Organised by the National Gallery of Canada

UNTIL 30 MAY 2016

FT Weekend

"Dennis Lanigan ‘is the owner of an extensive, rare, scholarly, museum-quality collection of Pre-Raphaelite and Aesthetic Movement works on paper. Leighton House, with its magnificent Victorian interior, is the perfect venue for their display"


The Daily Telegraph. February 2016

"The exhibition reveals ‘a dazzling mosaic of interconnectivity in avant-garde Victorian culture."


LHM Frederick Sandys King Pelles Daughter Bearing the Vessel of the Sangreal 1861Pre-Raphaelites on Paper. Victorian Drawings from the Lanigan Collection, the first exhibition opening at Leighton House Museum in 2016, presents an exceptional, privately- assembled collection to the UK public for the first time. Featuring over 100 drawings and sketches by the Pre-Raphaelites and their contemporaries, the exhibition, organised by the National Gallery of Canada (NGC), expresses the richness and flair of British draughtsmanship during the Victorian era.


This outstanding collection, brought together over a 30-year period by Canadian Dr. Dennis T. Lanigan, comprises works by over 60 of the most prominent artists of the period, like Edward Burne-Jones, John Everett Millais, William Holman Hunt, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Poynter and Frederic Leighton himself. Leighton is represented by five drawings including a study for Clytie, his last work, which was acquired by Leighton House in 2008. Also featured are works by Rossetti’s wife Lizzie Siddal and a study by William Morris for his only known easel painting La Belle Iseult (c.1857). In recent years much of the Lanigan Collection has been generously given or promised to the National Gallery of Canada.


"If even one young man or young woman came and developed a life-long interest in the art of this period it would have been worthwhile for me to have shown my collection here." Dr Dennis T. Lanigan



Adults £10

Concessions £8

National Trust | Art Fund £50%



With the exception of Leighton’s painting studio, the permanent collection has been cleared from Leighton House and the drawings are now hung throughout the historic interiors. The exhibition is accompanied by an extensive programme of public events, from curator-led tours to art workshop and lectures.

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