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Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts and Crafts Movement

By multiple artists, including William Etty


Framed Art


Art Museum
‘Pandora Crowned by the Seasons’ by William Etty (1787–1849), Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (UK) installed at The Oklahoma City Museum of Art (US), the first United States venue to host “Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts & Crafts Movement.” Photo courtesy of the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and The Oklahoma City Museum of Art


Multiple venues. Collection of the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Birmingham, United Kingdom
October 13, 2018 – May 3, 2021




Various - with the largest painting approximately 6 feet (1.75m) high and 8 feet (2.5m) wide, titled ‘Pandora Crowned by the Seasons’.


Optium Museum Acrylic®

The Challenge

  • To protect paintings during traveling exhibition while providing an optimal viewing experience and mitigate the risk of breakage.

The Solution

Optium Museum Acrylic®

Shatter resistant
Safeguards against injury and damage to artwork and visitors.  This product is ideal for valuable works, high traffic areas, works that travel, and public event spaces.

Acrylic is half the weight of glass; Ideal for large, heavy projects and works that travel.

Anti-static protection exceeds that of glass
Immediately eliminates static charge.  Makes for safer, easier framing and less cleaning.

Abrasion resistant
A durable hard coat protects against scratches from cleaning and general exposure to the public.

Allows viewers to see the paintings without distracting reflections.

99% UV blocking
Protects the paintings from the most damaging light wavelengths, helping prevent fading and degradation.

The Work

Part of Birmingham Museums Trust, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (BMAG) is home to the largest public Pre-Raphaelite collection in the world, numbering over 3000 paintings, drawings, prints and examples of decorative art and design.

Toward the end of 2019 the BMAG is scheduled to close for refurbishment for a number of years, and in preparation of this closure a selection of some of the finest works from the Pre-Raphaelite collection will travel in a touring exhibition to a number of U.S. museums. The BMAG specified that the paintings in this exhibit all be glazed with Optium Museum Acrylic®.

More Info

  • Read our QuickVue article describing the diligent conservation efforts and preparations for this exhibit.
  • For a list of venues hosting the exhibit, visit here.