How to be Good: Storytelling and Morality in Victorian Narrative Painting

  • The Menhuhin Hall |
  • Lecture |
  • Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Victorian Britain saw the rise of the affluent middle class, a stratum of society that expected all things to have a purpose and, preferably, a moral message. In the era of Dickens, Trollope and George Eliot, painters also became fascinated by narrative and morality. Here we see the results: cads, bounders and fallen women jostle with gamblers, philosophers and honest workmen in the wonderfully detailed canvases of mid-nineteenth century artists. Paintings, initially thought shocking, were relished with the same delight as we watch TV soap operas.

This event has been organised by a local supporter group to help raise money for the Art Fund.

 

 

Venue details

The Menhuhin Hall Stoke d'Abernon Cobham Surrey KT11 3QQ