How to be Good. Storytelling and Morality in Victorian Painting


This day explores some of the most popular paintings of the Victorian era, and discovers the background to their creation and popularity.


In the 1850s the public were profoundly shocked by the work of a group of young artists, who chose to show the realities of modern life in their canvases. We’ll explore the background to such works as Holman Hunt’s ‘The Awakening Conscience’, and see how their determination to show ‘modern moral subjects’ changed the way the Victorians looked at paintings.

Full of cads, bounders and fallen women, this day looks at the social history of the Victorian world through the pictures of the period.

Interested in this lecture?
For more details please contact Jo:
Tel 0208 994 6749 
Mob 07976143499 Email