Pre-Raphaelite art, produced by British artists during the second half of the nineteenth century, is characterized by abundant detail and brilliant colors. Most Pre-Raphaelite art can be found in Britain, its country of origin. But during the late nineteenth century, Samuel Bancroft, an American textile mill owner in Wilmington, Delaware, began acquiring Pre-Raphaelite drawings and paintings. In 1935, Bancroft’s heirs bequeathed his art to what would become the Delaware Art Museum, thus making Wilmington a destination for enthusiasts of British art. World-renowned paintings in Delaware’s collection are currently on display in The Rossettis, an exhibition at Tate Britain through September 24 (and opening at Delaware on October 21). Sophie will describe how Delaware’s paintings became the centerpieces of this major international show.
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