Pre-Raphaelite Online Resource

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Scope and Content

The Pre-Raphaelites - a group of artists who united in the late 1840s to consolidate and formalise their ideas on a new way to make art – have enjoyed a profound influence on art, both in the time of their life's work and during the present day. Some of the Pre-Raphaelite' most famous works include William Holman Hunt's ‘The Awakening Conscience’ and ‘Ophelia’ by Millais.

This collection features 3000 digitised images from Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery's Pre-Raphaelite collection, with major and more loosely associated artists from the movement all represented by works of art including sketches, paintings, engravings, tapestries, stained glass, ceramics and fine art objects.


This is a description of an Online Resource. Online Resources are websites that describe, interpret and provide access to archives. They often provide access to digital content but they may also describe physical materials. They usually cover a theme or topic, such as an individual, a movement, or an important historical event.

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A Jisc funded digitisation initiative. Publisher: Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

Additional Information

The collection offers immediate and free access to images that represent an artistic movement, as well as a specific time in the history of Britain and the development of ideas generally. Closer study of the collection's works will also be of interest to those working or studying in the fields of literature, social history, theology and gender studies.

Themed essays are available, which analyse the collection from several viewpoints, including ‘Gender and Sexuality’ and ‘The Wood Engraving Process’, alongside further learning ideas to support the work of teachers.