Dante Gabriel Rossetti The Bower Meadow 1872

Sat 10 November - Sun 24 February

Lowry & The Pre-Raphaelites

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An exhibition exploring LS Lowry’s passion for the Pre-Raphaelites, bringing together works by his two favourite artists, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Ford Madox Brown, alongside Edward Burne-Jones and others.

As a young man Lowry admired the pictures produced by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, even when they fell out of fashion, and once he became successful he began to buy their work.

From well-known classics to pictures rarely displayed in public, this exhibition includes works formerly owned by LS Lowry alongside some of his favourite pictures in public and private collections.


Pre-Raphaelites Large Print Guide

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  1. Get to the Apple or Android app store to download
  2. Open the app and follow the onscreen instructions
  3. Hold your phone up to the artworks to scan them

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Group Tour: Lowry & The Pre-Raphaelites

£5 per person | 30 minute tour

This 30 minute tour explores LS Lowry’s passion for the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and how they influenced his work and ideas.

The exhibition includes paintings and drawings by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Ford Madox Brown, Edward Burne-Jones and others.  It begins by looking at how Lowry first fell in love with the work of the Pre-Raphaelites – notably attending major exhibitions in Manchester in 1911 and 1920, and seeing Ford Madox Brown’s wondrous murals in Manchester Town Hall.

Decades later, Lowry achieved his own success as an artist and began buying their work, particularly portraits by Rossetti, whose fascination for his models is reflected by Lowry’s repeated representations of the mysterious Ann.



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Lowry Shorts

Daily (except Mon) 12pm & 2pm | Free | No need to book

Join our gallery interpreters as they give you a 10 minute tour of our LS Lowry Collection.