The Victorians loved their supernatural, and the female element of it featured heavily in popular art of the time. Mermaids, fairies, witches, nymphs and angels all carry the female characteristics telling the viewer how much that society saw the Other World to be a girls-only club. I mean, have a look at this...
|Nudey Star Ladies by Luis Falero|
|Cupid meets Rob Anybody|
Subtitled 'From Dadd to Discworld', this exhibition shows how the same things interest us, tickle us and strike us as beautiful. There is a chance to see Richard Dadd's insane micro-world of The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke in a massive modern work which fills a wall with its warped and gilded glory and it seems inspired to link the complexity of the Victorian fairy subculture to the modern world of Pratchett's imagination.
|Miss Tick and Tiffany Aching with Feegles by Paul Kidby|
Mr Walker is a fan of Pratchett and so was familiar with Kidby's work before meeting the man himself. I have read all the Witches' novels and so was delighted to see Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat in front of me.
Do I suspect I will turn into Nanny Ogg at some point in the not too distant future? No comment.
At the very least this exhibition gives you the chance to see some beautiful pieces from the Russell-Cotes glorious collection together with Kidby's work, not to mention some rather saucy ladies like this...
|An Incantation John Collier|
|The Annunciation Simeon Solomon|
|Love Betrayed John Roddam Spencer Stanhope|
|The Habit Does Not Make The Monk 1888-1889 G F Watts|
|The bust of Granny Weatherwax. |
Both lovely and terrifying in equal measure, as good grannies should be.
Upstairs there is a section selling Paul Kidby's works and prints and so you get the chance to take one home with you. There is a dragon that has to be seen to be believed, he is adorable.
The exhibition runs until 9th March next year and is free entry (as is the museum during the off-season months). Enjoy - I guarantee it will put a smile on your face.