How to be Good: Storytelling and Morality in Victorian Narrative Painting
Lecture | The Menuhin Hall
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.