Spooky. Just 10 mins before coming upstairs to check the blogasphere, I finished watching Jeremy Paxton's programme on tv, The Victorians. Would you believe that tonight's episode was about the booming cities, esp Manchester. And which building said it best in Manchester - the town hall of course.He didn't say what Ford Madox Brown's 12 murals were specifically about; only that he had selected the hot themes for Victorian Manchester. And did it impressively.
The murals are here Helen:http://www.manchester.gov.uk/info/200064/local_history_and_heritage/1972/ford_madox_brown_murals/1They are rather odd in subject matter, several having nothing to do with Manchester or twisting history a bit. Still they are magnificant - and unlike the Oxfod ones have lasted. I liked the Paxman book and video but it was generally panned over here - in summary Paxman does the Victorians.
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