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Christiana Payne will talk about the planning of the forthcoming exhibition of Pre-Raphaelite Drawings at the Ashmolean.


From sketches on the back of envelopes to grand, elaborate chalk drawings, this talk offers an opportunity to view The Ashmolean Museum’s internationally-renowned collection of Pre-Raphaelite works on paper. In anticipation of an exhibition of these drawings as soon as the museum can reopen, exhibition curator Christiana Payne will explore the enormous range of techniques and media used by the artists that made up this movement – as well as the intimate and often complex friendships and love affairs between them.

Christiana Payne is Professor Emerita of History of Art at Oxford Brookes University. Her publications include John Brett, Pre-Raphaelite Landscape Painter (Yale University Press, 2010), and Silent Witnesses: Trees in British Art, 1760-1870 (Sansom and Company, 2017). She has curated and co-curated many exhibitions, including an exhibition of portraits by John Brett at the Barber Institute, University of Birmingham in 2010, and, most recently, Dreams and Nightmares (including works by Burne-Jones and Rossetti) at the Higgins Bedford.