The year is 1888; the place, a dark and murky alley in Whitechapel, London. The unfolding scene; three police constables, one holding a bullseye lantern are surveying the horrific sight before them. There on the ground in a pool of blood, a crumpled torso. Was this the elusive Ripper’s latest victim?
Hidden away among these bleak and grimy Victorian lanes and alleyways flanked by smoke blackened and flaking bricks and rain sluiced cobbles is a little gallery, its doors poised invitingly open and its interior brightly illuminated with gas flares. Indeed its very presence entices the world-weary traveller to step inside and there to marvel at the work of a young gifted subject of Queen Victoria, namely Mr William Holman Hunt.
This little gallery is being kindly sponsored by Lord Blackburn and is currently exhibiting a choice selection of the work of this notable Pre-Raphaelite artist. There is information on the Pre-Raphaelites and notes on every work in the display.