This talk gives an account of developments in English painting (and the occasional sculpture) from the days of the pre Raphaelites to the aftermath of World War Two. This was a particularly fertile period in the history of Art, and the talk pays attention to the way in which developments in Paris were received by the London Art world, and how British Artists contributed to the exciting exchange of new ideas.Victorian artists like Augustus Egg, a friend of Charles Dickens, created popular works with a high moral tone. The Pre-Raphaelites challenged the status quo with vivid colours and complex decoration. They initiated a fertile era in English art, at the end of which Francis Bacon erupted onto the scene.
Linda Smith is an art historian, guide and lecturer at London's Tate Britain and Tate Modern.