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British Genre and Narrative Painting, 1750-1870

The British Genre and Narrative Painting research group is led by Liverpool Hope University. The aim of the group is to bring together scholars to share expertise and research ideas on this neglected topic in order to build knowledge and increase opportunities to display nineteenth-century British narrative and genre painting for audiences in the UK and beyond.

The group explores topics such as:

  • relationships between eighteenth-century practices and tradition and early nineteenth-century and Victorian painting
  • the contested meanings of terms such as ‘genre’ and ‘narrative’ in the visual arts of the period
  • the role of the Royal Academy in the production and display of genre and narrative painting
  • the ways in which genre and narrative painting related to contemporary ideas around sentimentality
  • the aesthetic and pictorial values of genre and narrative painting
  • responses to and receptions of genre and narrative painting (both in the given period and subsequently)
  • the work of neglected genre and narrative painters

The group is led by Dr Amelia Yeates (Senior Lecturer in Art History, Liverpool Hope University).