Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum in Bournemouth - stock photo
Bournemouth, UK. Saturday 26 September 2020. Turrets of the historic Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum building among other buildings in Bournemouth.

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Ostentation oozes from almost every inch of this arresting structure – a mash-up of Italianate villa and Scottish baronial pile. It was built at the end of the 1800s for Merton and Annie Russell-Cotes as somewhere to showcase the remarkable range of souvenirs gathered on their world travels.

Look out for a plaster version of the Parthenon frieze, Maori woodcarvings and Persian tiles. Paintings include those by Rossetti, Edwin Landseer and William Frith.