Manchester made modern
in Ford Madox Brown
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Among the many issues addressed in the first section of this chapter is how the murals provide a vision of the distinctive pathology of British historical life, and the extent to which this attitude is derived from Romantic discourse, which equated modernity with the victory of a culture of possessive individualism over the tradition of community life. The second section of the chapter considers how the model of human wealth outlined by the Romantics, and then continued by Morris and other members of the Arts and Crafts Movement, relates to Brown’s murals, which give attention to human relationships, social trust and the transformation of inner life.

Ford Madox Brown

The Manchester murals and the matter of history


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