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Forgotten by the twentieth century: Victorian art goes on show in London

Guildhall, London.
Guildhall, London. Image by James O’Gorman / CC BY-SA 2.0

A collection of Victorian paintings that had been forgotten for fifty years is being exhibited at the Guildhall in London. The artworks are part of a 400-year-old collection owned by the City of London. The gallery that used to house them was destroyed during WWII bombing raids. Many of the paintings that make up the exhibition have never been displayed, as Victorian art, currently enjoying a transformed reputation and soaring auction prices, fell out of fashion for several decades. Subjects include flower-arrangers, street children and nymphs. The Guildhall’s gallery reopens to the public on 15 January. Read more: guardian.com