This book is the first to focus on the fascinating and important collection of Victorian art built up by Merton Russell-Cotes and now held in the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth. It outlines a unique yet representative collection of late 19th-century British painting, reassessing a collection renowned in its own time and now beginning to regain its international significance. Featured artists include Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Sir Edward Poynter, Sir Edwin Henry Landseer, Albert Joseph Moore, William Etty, Simeon Solomon, Evelyn De Morgan and Frederic, Lord Leighton. Essays by Mark Bills, Simon Olding and Giles Waterfield place the collection in a wider context and discuss Merton Russell-Cotes's attitudes towards art and the scope of his collection. The catalogue section considers forty-seven of the core works in some detail and reflects upon Russell-Cotes's own opinions of the paintings.