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Aesthetic Movement


34 People in artist grouping:

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.

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

1848-1930
Prime Minister and philosopher
Sitter in 135 portraits
Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, 1st Bt

Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, 1st Bt

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

Charles Edward Conder

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

Walter Crane

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

Christopher Dresser

1834-1904
Designer and botanist
Sitter in 1 portrait
William Etty

William Etty

1787-1849
Painter
Sitter in 14 portraits | Artist associated with 4 portraits
Frederic Leighton, Baron Leighton

Frederic Leighton, Baron Leighton

1830-1896
Painter; President of the Royal Academy
Sitter in 59 portraits | Artist associated with 7 portraits
Albert Joseph Moore

Albert Joseph Moore

1841-1893
Painter
Sitter in 2 portraits | Artist associated with 3 portraits
William Morris

William Morris

1834-1896
Poet, craftsman and socialist
Sitter in 68 portraits
Margaret Emma Alice ('Margot') Asquith (née Tennant), Countess of Oxford and Asquith

Margaret Emma Alice ('Margot') Asquith (née Tennant), Countess of Oxford and Asquith

1864-1945
Society hostess; second wife of 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith; daughter of Sir Charles Tennant, 1st Bt
Sitter associated with 53 portraits
Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

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

George Frederic Watts

1817-1904
Painter and sculptor
Sitter in 43 portraits | Artist associated with 91 portraits
James Abbott McNeill Whistler

James Abbott McNeill Whistler

1834-1903
Painter and etcher
Sitter in 15 portraits | Artist associated with 4 portraits
Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

1854-1900
Wit and dramatist
Sitter associated with 15 portraits
George Nathaniel Curzon, Marquess Curzon of Kedleston

George Nathaniel Curzon, Marquess Curzon of Kedleston

1859-1925
Politician, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, traveller and Viceroy of India
Sitter associated with 34 portraits
Henry John Cockayne ('Harry') Cust

Henry John Cockayne ('Harry') Cust

1861-1917
Politician and journalist
Sitter in 6 portraits
Emmeline Mary Elizabeth ('Nina') Cust (née Welby-Gregory)

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

1867-1955
Sculptor, wife of Harry Cust
Sitter in 3 portraits
William Henry Grenfell, Baron Desborough

William Henry Grenfell, Baron Desborough

1855-1945
Fencer, rower and Liberal politician; MP for Salisbury and Wycombe
Sitter in 18 portraits
Ethel Anne Priscilla ('Ettie') Grenfell (née Fane), Lady Desborough

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

1867-1952
Wife of Baron Desborough; daughter of Hon. Julian Henry Charles Fane
Sitter in 15 portraits