Antoine Wiertz

Antoine Wiertz (1806–1865) was a Belgian Romantic painter and sculptor. His output, featuring such macabre scenes as violent suicide and premature burial has persuaded some critics as the work of a madman.

Emily Ford

Emily Susan Ford (1850–1930), artist and campaigner for women’s rights, was born into a Quaker family in Leeds. She trained as an artist at the Slade School of Art and exhibited at the Royal Academy.

John William Waterhouse

John William Waterhouse was an English artist known primarily for his depictions of women set in scenes from myth, legend or poetry. He is the best known of that group of artists who from the 1880s revived the literary themes favoured by the Pre-Raphaelites.

Roger Hampson

Roger Hampson (1925–1996), painter, printmaker and teacher, was a member of the group of post-war northern artists who developed the realist tradition established by L S Lowry and Harry Rutherford.

Thomas Gainsborough

Portrait and landscape painter, and a founding member of the Royal Academy of Arts.

Victorian painting

Victorian painting refers to the distinctive styles of painting in the United Kingdom during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837–1901).