Fostering in the people the purest types of beauty: Ford Madox Brown and democratic art education

Potter, Matthew (2014) Fostering in the people the purest types of beauty: Ford Madox Brown and democratic art education. Visual Culture in Britain, 15 (3). pp. 313-333. ISSN 1941 8361

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14714787.2014.944847

Abstract

This article explores Ford Madox Brown’s contribution to art education in Britain. Brown adapted his own student experience of continental academies (Bruges, Ghent and Antwerp) to inform his practical tuition of artists in his studio at home and at independent artisanal schools, while responding to contemporary intellectual fashions to draft his Cambridge Slade Professorship application and public lectures. His misgivings about both the Royal Academy Schools and Government Schools of Design manifested itself in his desire to cultivate taste in all classes of Britons, and balance the commercial requirements of manufacturing industry with the learning needs of individuals in society.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: academies, aesthetics, artisan, education, painting, teaching, training, working-class
Subjects: W100 Fine Art
X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Arts
Depositing User: Nicola King
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2015 11:26
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 08:10
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/24807

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