since about Victorian times (roughly 1837 on)
I agree with Paxman. Victorian paintings have become unfashionable not least because they achieve technical competency, something that today's 'artists' spurn. In a world where Picasso is the highest selling artist what chance a new Frith? It is some consolation that when one visits the Queens Royal collection there are Victorian paintings in abundance, Frith included.I noted one other poignant passage in Paxmans history lesson. "As immigrants poured in, the population doubled in 30 years and great stinking slums spread out"Picasso as 'High Art' and more stinking slums to come, the price of progress?
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