However, I considered if we modern folk had any cultural concerns that the Victorians would have found odd. Discounting things like modern technology and things brought forward by modern culture, was there anything that should have been a concern for the Victorians, yet judging by their art wasn't?
|This image is especially for Claire Tsang, for her help with this piece...|
|One of these children might not be his...|
|Past and Present (Oops, he found out!) Augustus Egg|
|On the Brink (Go on, you know you want to) (1865) Alfred Elmore|
|Retribution John Everett Millais|
The first question someone asked me when I said I was looking into this was 'How on earth would you show that in a picture?' I think it would be very easy, and heaven knows more complicated narratives have been shown in Victorian images. You would just need to show a family group with one of the children looking very different from the rest - for example you could show a family having breakfast, all dark haired except the youngest son who is bright blonde, and the postman, delivering the letters with a devilish smile, is also blonde. Heavens knows people were quick enough to humorously ask Mr Walker if he was sure he was Lily-Rose's father, due to the fact that she is so fair and we are dark-haired. Those were complete strangers in supermarkets. Charming. Anyway, I digress, but there are no images that show this. Why not?
|The Paternity Suit Edward Villiers Rippingille|
|James Scott, Duke of Monmouth William Wissing|
Well, back to daytime telly, and the vicarious pleasure of confrontational talk-shows. If you think about it, for the Victorians, looking at narrative works like Past and Present, was just like their Jeremy Kyle, but with a lot less swearing.
Unless someone stood on your foot in the gallery.