The Pérez Simón collection at Leighton House Museum presented over fifty exceptional and rarely exhibited paintings by leading Victorian artists. The pictures all belong to the Mexican collector Juan Antonio Pérez Simón and form the largest private collection of Victorian art outside the UK.
Six important pictures by Leighton himself have returned to the house in which they were first painted.
Also on display were outstanding pictures by Albert Moore, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, John Everett Millais, John William Waterhouse, Edward Poynter, John Strudwick and John William Godward. These artists knew Leighton and were entertained at his house.
The collection’s highlight is Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s magnificent The Roses of Heliogabalus, one of the most iconic images of Victorian art which is now exhibited in London for the first time since 1913.
The combination of the house and the paintings made A Victorian Obsession an unmissable event and a one-off aesthetic experience for anyone interested in the art of the nineteenth century.