Every Picture Tells a Story: Victorian Narrative Painting

The Great Exhibition of 1851 proclaimed the pre-eminence of British commerce, and signalled the shift from an agricultural to an industrial economy. With increasing wealth, the middle classes became the most culturally significant patronage group, and by the 1850s more people were buying pictures than at any other time in British history. This lecture, by cultural historian Tim Stimson explores the popularity of Victorian narrative painting – a genre summed up in the words of John Ruskin: ‘We want now no more feasts of the gods, nor martyrdoms of saints. Let us have touching and thoughtful representations of human nature.’

To book: please call 0870 050 3688. Tickets are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Venue information

Opening times

Daily, including bank holidays, 10am – 5pm Closed 24 – 26 Dec

Entry details

10 Thursday 26 February, 2.30pm
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