Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover

This new exhibition invites us to look at portraits and the artists’ muse, painted and sculpted by both famous and unknown artists. The men and women in the portrait work both historic and contemporary taken from Walsall’s expanding art collections.


They include the striking Pre-Raphaelite muse, Elizabeth Siddal by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the young and contemplative Margueritte, sister of the artist Edgar Degas, the Indian poet and writer Rabindranath Tagore sculpted by Jacob Epstein and Chila Kumari Burman whose self portrait ‘Don’t Judge a Book By its Cover’ proclaims loudly how wrong we are to look at people through a superficial  assessment often based on a social stereotype. The stories behind the faces are as extraordinary and fascinating as the artworks themselves.


Anne-Louis Girodet de Roucy Trioson
Portrait Francois-Rene de Chateaubriand, 1791
The New Art Gallery Walsall Collection