…a good name for a TV series? Or is it just the title of the demographic that watches the BBC programme (very) loosely based on the lives of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood? It’s Skins for the 19th Century. I think it’s great! I am not afraid to admit that I love the Pre-Raphaelites, particularly Birmingham born Edward Burne-Jones. Many an hour I have spent staring up in awe in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery at King Cophetua and the Beggar Maid.
BM&AG arguably has the largest public collection of Pre-Raphaelite works in the world, and due to the popularity of Desperate Romantics, is something which the museum could definitely use to their advantage. The collection includes masterpieces such as The Blind Girl by John Everett Millais and The Last of England by Ford Maddox Brown.
Only a tiny fraction of the collection is ever on the walls. They have recently launched a website which shows that collection online. I understand that it is a good learning resource, but in my opinion nothing is better than seeing these amazing works in the flesh. Why there is not a dedicated museum to house the collection I do not know!
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery has two galleries dedicated to the Pre-Raphaelites. The museum is free & open daily. There are some amazing examples of Pre-Raphaelite/Arts & Crafts works around the Midlands, including amongst others, Birmingham Cathedral and Wightwick Manor. The last episode of Desperate Romantics is on BBC Two at 9pm on Monday 25th.