wall tile

Pilkington's Tiles Group Plc

wall tile

Pilkington's Tiles Group Plc


Three plastic-bodied earthenware tiles, hand-painted with 'Persian' design of four intertwined plant stems growing out of long grass, topped by four flowerheads. Tiles are coated in white porcelain slip ground. Outlines painted in green, with copper green, copper turquoise and cobalt blue in-fill colouring, and relief highlights in red Armenian bole. Tiles are all the same design but there are slight variations in pattern and colour on each tile. Combed back.

Display Label

Gallery text panel The Pre-Raphaelites in their Time Britain's first and best-known radical art movement emerged from within the Royal Academy in 1848. Its original members were rebellious art students who were disillusioned with contemporary practice. They looked back to Italian art before Raphael, seeing the pre-1500 period as one of great sincerity. They called themselves the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. In an age of rapid industrial and urban expansion, Pre-Raphaelite artists like Rossetti, Hunt and Millais, and pioneering design reformers such as William Morris, sought a return to pre-industrial values of art and design in truth to nature and materials, and good workmanship. In addition, the arts of the Middle Ages and Middle East were important sources of stylistic inspiration. The Bible, literature and contemporary life were preferred over subjects derived from classical mythology. The Brotherhood also rejected contrived studio lighting and took canvases outside to paint directly from nature. Although attempting to convey exactly what they saw, they created a heightened reality of dream-like intensity with minute details and bright, dazzling colours. Their art was a new kind of history painting for a new age.

Object Name

wall tile

Date Created



Single Tile: 15cm x 15cm

accession number


Place of creation

Clifton Junction


On Display

[G7] Manchester Art Gallery - Gallery 7
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