A collection of the works of Spanish artist Bartolome Esteban Murillo, who fascinated Britons in the 19th century, when his work first caught the eye of collectors, are on exhibit in London.

The Wallace Collection, located in the heart of the British capital, is dedicating two galleries to Murillo (1617-1682).

The Spanish Baroque artist's work became extremely popular in England in the early 19th century, more than 100 years after his death.

The exhibition, which opened on Wednesday and runs until May 12, features 11 religious paintings from the late phase (1665-1675) of the Seville artist's career.

Murillo's paintings are also currently on display at London's Dulwich Picture Gallery in the exhibition "Murillo & Justino de Neve: The Art of Friendship."

"This dramatic exhibition will bring together over 30 paintings documenting the relationship between Murillo and his patron as well as Dulwich's own collection of works by the artist," the gallery said in a statement posted on its Web site.

The exhibition opened on Wednesday and runs until May 19. EFE