I liked what the review said: no grand swagger, no hyper-loveliness.. just the sweaty mess of every day. I even appreciate that Brown was reminding us that this newly urbanised society depended on a variety of labour that would have been unthinkable in the past. But to be a working class hero, ordinary working families would have had to see Brown’s paintings. Do we know where was “Work” displayed in the 1850s and 60s? And I would love to know who had access to it.
Sorry I don't know that though thanks for leading me to this:http://cloud.lib.wfu.edu/vufind/Record/2427558/ReviewsBurne-Jones and Millais and to an extent Rossetti became successful wheras Madox-Brown stayed 'true' to the aims of the prb and was very poor all his life.
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