The V&A holds one of the largest collections of Pre-Raphaelite art in Britain. Its breadth and variety enables this new book to bring together works in many different media to show how Pre-Raphaelite art developed and found its unique voice.
Whether painted furniture, book illustrations, textiles or tiles, the decorative arts were as important as the now famous oil paintings in developing the distinctive Pre-Raphaelite style and were also instrumental in bringing their work to a wide audience.
The V&A collection is also rich in drawings and photographs, and all these combine to bring alive the working practices and sources of inspiration - from choice of models to literature, history and the natural world - which linked artists such as Edward Burne-Jones, William Homan Hunt, Dante Gabriel Rosetti and John Everett Millais. The result is a new and fresh approach to the work of the Pre-Raphaelites, and one that will reinforce their enduring popularity.