This talk takes place in the Headley Lecture Theatre and online via Zoom

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With Colin Harrison, Senior Curator of European Art at the Ashmolean

There are many connections between the artists of the Pre-Raphalite movement and the city of Oxford. A number of artists connected to the Pre-Raphaelites – Edward Burne-Jones, William Morris, Alfred William Hunt, John Ruskin – studied at the University. In the 1850s a group including Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, William Morris and Arthur Hughes decorated the Oxford Union with murals. And, perhaps most significantly, many Pre-Raphaelite artists received from the wealthy superintendent of the University Press, Thomas Combe (1796–1872) and his wife Martha (1806–1893).

At this special Pre-Raphaelites exhibition talk, with Senior Curator Colin Harrison, discover the lives and works of Pre-Raphaelite artists whilst they were in Oxford, and the many other connections with the city.


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A portrait of Thomas Combe with a long, flowing white and grey beard

Portrait of Thomas Combe by William Holman Hunt, 1895. WA1894.20