Alison Smith

George Frederic Watts


At the time of his death in 1904, George Frederic Watts was the most celebrated artist in Britain.

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The Victorian Nude


The Victorians were obsessed by the nude in art. For many nineteenth century painters and sculptors the naked body, both male and female, was central to exotic historical fantasies and elaborate allegories of imperial power.

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Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake

Matthew Bourne’s updates his sensational take on Swan Lake for the 21st century.

Matthew Bourne’s The Car Man

Bizet’s Carmen is transported to 1960s greasy garage-diner where sparks fly.