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34 People in artist grouping: Aesthetic Movement

From the 1860s to the 1900s a new movement in art took hold of Britain. The Aesthetic movement would embody the quest to bring beauty, and not subject, to the forefront in works of art, and into people's everyday lives. From 1877, the leading artists of the movement held their shows at the newly opened Grosvenor Gallery on Bond Street; with its greenery-yallery silk walls, it was perfect for showing off the work of Whistler, Burne-Jones and others. Although started in the studios of painters, the movement would come to encapsulate all forms of creativity including the decorative arts, architecture, design, literature and dance.

William Morris

1834-1896
Poet, craftsman and socialist
Sitter in 66 portraits

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

1828-1882
Painter and poet
Sitter in 29 portraits | Artist associated with 22 portraits

George Frederic Watts

1817-1904
Painter and sculptor
Sitter in 42 portraits | Artist associated with 85 portraits

Oscar Wilde

1854-1900
Wit and dramatist
Sitter associated with 13 portraits

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

1848-1930
Prime Minister and philosopher
Sitter in 125 portraits

Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, 1st Bt

1833-1898
Painter and designer
Sitter in 24 portraits | Artist associated with 1 portrait

Charles Edward Conder

1868-1909
Painter
Sitter in 8 portraits | Artist of 2 portraits

Walter Crane

1845-1915
Illustrator, designer, painter and socialist
Sitter in 17 portraits

George Nathaniel Curzon, Marquess Curzon of Kedleston

1859-1925
Politician, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, traveller and Viceroy of India
Sitter associated with 28 portraits

Harry Cust

1861-1917
Politician and journalist
Sitter in 5 portraits

Emmeline Mary Elizabeth ('Nina') Cust (née Welby-Gregory)

1867-1955
Sculptor, wife of Harry Cust
Sitter in 3 portraits

William Henry Grenfell, Baron Desborough

1855-1945
Sportsman and politician
Sitter in 16 portraits

Ethel Anne Priscilla ('Ettie') Grenfell (née Fane), Lady Desborough

1867-1952
Wife of Baron Desborough; daughter of Hon. Julian Henry Charles Fane
Sitter in 14 portraits

Christopher Dresser

1834-1904
Designer and botanist
Sitter in 1 portrait

William Etty

1787-1849
Painter
Sitter in 14 portraits | Artist associated with 4 portraits

(Pierre Jules) Théophile Gautier

1811-1872
Poet, dramatist, novelist, journalist and literary critic
Sitter in 3 portraits

Frances Jane Horner (née Graham), Lady Horner

1854 or 1855-1940
Hostess and patron of the arts
Sitter in 5 portraits

Frederic Leighton, Baron Leighton

1830-1896
Painter; former President of the Royal Academy
Sitter in 56 portraits | Artist associated with 7 portraits

Alfred Lyttelton

1857-1913
Politician and amateur tennis champion and cricketer
Sitter in 13 portraits