Victorian Narrative Painting
Author: Julia Thomas
Publisher/Date: London, UK: Tate (c. 2000)
Format/Condition: New paperback book in Near Fine condition: back cover has edgewear at small spot on bottom and a light crease near bottom edge. 110 pages, bibliography, index; 8 1/2 x 10 3/4 inches. 60 color illustrations.
Description: Victorian narrative paintings offer a unique insight into the 19th century. The plight of women, the affects of the class system, and the onslaught of industry are all forced upon the attention of the viewer. Within each picture there is a story to uncover, either optimistic, educational, or tragic. Hugely popular in the Victorian period, the paintings tell much about how the Victorians viewed themselves and those whose "transgressive" practices threatened their respectability.
An illustrated introduction decodes the conventions used in narrative painting, from literary and artistic allusions to the use of symbolism. The stories contained in works by William Holman Hunt, William Powell Frith, Richard Redgrave, John Everett Millais, and many others are uncovered in detailed examinations of their paintings.
• Love and Marriage
• The Home and Its Outcasts
• The End of the Story?