AN exhibition of the work of Pre-Raphaelite Artist Evelyn De Morgan starts at Burnley's Towneley Hall on Saturday.

The exhibition explores the way De Morgan’s (1855-1919) work presented profound fears and heartfelt hope that better days would come with many paintings set against the background of the First World War..

Syrian refugees living in Lancashire and Second World War veterans have shared their experiences of living through war to bring the paintings to life.

De Morgan studied at the Slade School of Art, before being invited to exhibit at the exclusive Grosvenor Gallery when she was just 20.

A total of 45 works has been lent by the De Morgan Collection for the first ever exhibition of her work in Lancashire.

Among the works on display will be the striking oil on canvas Night and Sleep recently shown at the National Portrait Gallery’s blockbuster Pre-Raphaelite Sisters exhibition.

Towneley Hall curator Alison Cooper said:“We’re delighted to bring the work of an inspirational female artist from an exclusive collection to Towneley Hall."