Saturday, June 5, 2010

Visions of poverty lecture (lecture)

[Frank Holl, Newgate: Committed for Trial (Royal Holloway College]

In association with Victorian visions: Richard Beresford, senior curator of European art pre-1900, examines how poverty was represented in Victorian painting and drawing.

The Victorians Pt 1 of 5.(Chapter-4: Dreams.and.Nightmares) - BBC


Dolls from the Attic said...

"The Poor Victorians"...eventually I'll be posting on them, and child labor of course...Realistically , very few Victorian children were lucky enough to own a beautiful doll or live Jane Austen idyllic lives. The poor occupied 80% of Victorian England 's population, and were sadly ignored by the elite. Thank you for the You Tube link, it was very interesting... I love the beautiful and poignant painting.

Hermes said...

You're quite right. But I often wonder if the strange way middle-class and upper class children were brougt up - like little adults and often limited contact with their parents explains a lot.

Have you seen this doll in our Liverpool Museum:

I was always rather scared of dolls as a child but your blog has made me interested.

Dolls from the Attic said...

Thank you for the museum link, that is a beautiful example of a Jumeau. Very famous French manufacturer. Bru and Jumeau are the excellence in bisque dolls, I could never afford one.
So many people are affected by dolls that way, my grown children included, "they are creepy!" I look at them as history witnesses, especially these old dolls that have come down to us through the years. If they could only speak.