Crowded streets in town and cities, from Jan van Eyck in 1435 to Pasini’s market in Constantinople in 1877.
After his greatest human panorama showing Paddington railway station, he painted two moralising series, similar to those of Hogarth.
The quintessential Victorian painter. His grand social panoramas include Ramsgate Sands and The Derby Day, shown here.
Plans to celebrate anniversaries of major painters, series on narrative paintings, and more, for the coming year.
Two painters: one married Charles Dickens’ daughter and stopped painting, the other became a prolific illustrator, including books by Dickens’ grand-daughter. The Victorian Web at work.
We’re easily convinced of the reality of 2D images – as when early audiences panicked as the Lumières’ train ran at them in a movie. How has our exposure to pictures changed, though?
Two notable paintings about slavery, some genre scenes of travel, and a final expedition to South America.
In memory of Richard Dadd: ten of his best, and thoughts about his life and work. Would we have been any better towards him even now?
In 1864, he was transferred to the newly-built Broadmoor Asylum. Despite that disruption, he continued to paint.
To celebrate his bicentenary, here are some early works, including some of his ‘faerie paintings’ of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.