Starting from Brighton, approaching the sea and turning right, past the damaged pier and on, leads via a good walk to Hove. Alternatively frequent bus trips take around 10-15 minutes. The Museum and Art Gallery is not large, but contains several works of note. There is also Victorian architectural interest there.
Most importantly from the perspective of these pages is Non Angli, sed Angeli, a very early work by Millais, dating from 1845 when he was just 16. It was before he became a Pre-Raphaelite, and shows a scene in Roman times, with a group of classical figures outdoors, with dramatic shadows - a most mature work from the young prodigy.
The small 19th Century collection also includes representative work by James Ward (Duckweeds, 1845), Benjamin Barker and Henry Erap Sr (1830-1914). Slightly later in date are works by Jacomb-Hood and minor works by Munnings, the Newlyn painter Stanhope Forbes, and Walter Sickert. Later works include several by Glyn Philpot, nicely complementing those in the Brighton Museum, and including an excellent double portrait of The Artist's Sisters (1922), and Young Love in the Arms of his Mother (1934-7). There is good work also by Harold Knight, Ethel Gabain (1883-1950), a modernistic Judgement of Paris (1930) by Ithell Colquhoun (1906-88), and Dod Proctor (1892-1972) - a small version of a well hidden Tate picture Early Morning.
There are also a few important 18th Century works. Joseph Wright of Derby has an Portrait of a Lady, highly finished but somehow looking slightly distorted; Lawrence has a double portrait of two children; Angelica Kauffman has a large Penelope Awaiting the Return of Ulysses - a perfect exemplar of 18th Century painting, with woman in contemporary dress lounging at her desk, leaning on one elbow and gazing vaguely heavenwards. Notable also the lively and busty Portrait of a Lady attributed to Hudson.
In front of the gallery, is the Jaipur Gate, carved in India for the Indian and Colonial Exhibition held in London in 1886, put here 1926. Dark wood, highly carved all over with leaf and stylised flower designs, it is a most satisfying object. Much associated interior work is to be found in the museum in Hastings.
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