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Title: The relationship of fine art and the poor in late nineteenth century England
Author: Borzello, F. S.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3471 1845
Awarding Body: University College London (University of London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 1980
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The purpose of this thesis, which is concerned with the meeting of fine art and the poor at the end of the nineteenth century, is to show that the problem of the poor which loomed so large at this period did not leave fine art untouched. Fine art's awareness was shown in two distinct ways: it produced a solution to this problem - pictures for the poor -- and it showed a reaction to this problem -- pictures of the poor. The solution lay in the manner in which fine art through specially mounted exhibitions was seen to possess the ability to elevate the poor, both spiritually and, more surprisingly, materially. The reaction lay in the way in which such major social problems of the period as drink, poverty and unemployment were dealt with in a handful of paintings at this time. Following the Introduction, the work falls into two sections. The first section, Chapters One to Seven, is an account of the fine art exhibitions put on for the poor in the last two decades of the century in the East End of London. The second section, Chapters Eight to Eleven, is a discussion of the so-called social realist paintings which appeared at the Royal Academy summer exhibitions from 1870 onwards.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: History