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Drawings by Rossetti and Auerbach to go on display at The Harris Museum

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Drawings by Rossetti and Auerbach to go on display at The Harris Museum

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Elizabeth Siddal seated at an easel, c. 1854-55. The Courtauld Gallery, London. © The Samuel Courtauld Trust

Drawings from The Courtauld’s collection by artists including Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Frank Auerbach, William Henry Hunt and Helen Saunders are to go on display at The Harris Museum in Preston from 15 February.

The exhibition, The Artful Line: Drawings from The Harris collection and The Courtauld Gallery, will bring together works from these two important collections for the first time to look at drawing in all its forms.

Featuring works from the 17th century to the present day, the exhibition will also include drawings by William Blake, Angelica Kauffman and Deanna Petherbridge.

The Artful Line is part of an ongoing partnership with The Harris which celebrates our shared heritage through Courtaulds textiles – this year marks the 40th anniversary of the closure of the Courtaulds’ factory in Preston.

Preston artists Gavin Renshaw, Kathryn Poole and Anita George have also created new works for the exhibition, inspired by the history of the site, now Red Scar Business Park, and the people who worked there.

Katherine Dunleavy, Regional Programme Coordinator at The Courtauld Gallery, said: ‘We are thrilled to take forward our partnership with The Harris Museum with the loans of four exceptional works by artists including Dante Gabriele Rossetti and Frank Auerbach, and to provide an opportunity for the Preston community to experience and enjoy these remarkable drawings from The Courtauld Gallery’s collection. It is fantastic to also celebrate our shared heritage with Courtaulds textiles through this exhibition.’

The Harris will also host a series of events alongside the exhibition, including a talk by Dr Ketty Gottardo, Curator of Drawings at The Courtauld, on Wednesday 13 May.

This exhibition is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The Artful Line

15 Feb – 31 May

Free entry

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