Victoriana at the Guildhall Art Gallery

By Alice Hancock,
18th October 2013 - 12:05
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A fascinating miscellany of Victoriana-inspired contemporary art will be on display until December

We’re mad about Victoriana at H&A this autumn – you may have already read our article about the extravagance of majolica ceramics in the October issue. Have you had time to check out the major retrospective of Victorian revivalist art at Guildhall Art Gallery, which opened on Monday 7th September?

From the quaint to the downright eccentric it is a fascinating retrospective of work from contemporary artists taking influence from Victorian culture. Anyone for a wedding cake made from human hair?

Sonia Solicari, principle curator of the gallery, expressed her enthusiasm for approaching Victoriana art in this way. 'This exhibition, one of the most ambitious ever staged here, takes a new twist on the 19th century, offering a contemporary look at the period across all media.

'Visitors can expect a show that is both playful and thought-provoking – a phantasmagoria of the all the neo-Victorian things in our lives.'

If you’re after your own piece of Victoriana interiors inspiration, look no further than Rockett St George. We love their patchwork tweed roe deer head, £390 (above). 

‘Victoriana: The Art of Revival’ is on at Guildhall Art Gallery, Guildhall Yard, London, EC2V 5AE, from 7th September to 8th December. 020 7332 3700;


Words: Rosie Pentreath