Lecture: An Artist's Life in Victorian Britain - 'Desperate Romantics' and others, by William Vaughan, Taunton
| The Queen's Hall
As the recent TV series Desperate Romantics has shown, there is a continued fascination with the wild, bohemian life-style of the Pre-Raphaelites and their associates in Victorian Britain. But how far were their lives really like that? How did professional artists actually live at that time?
This talk will look at the artistic community in the period. It was an era of great opportunities with a growing public for contemporary art. But there were also problems often caused by commercial pressures. One highly significant change was the growth of the Dealer system whereby dealers became agents for contemporary artists. This talk will also consider dominating romantic myths about the artist at the time, and the ways these affected artistic practice.
William Vaughan is an Art Fund Trustee and Pevsner Professor Emeritus of History of Art at Birkbeck College, University of London. He curated the Samuel Palmer exhibition at the British Museum in 2005 and is completing a book on Samuel Palmer for Yale University Press this year, and he lives in Somerset.