Punch,  48 (1865), 202, 205.

Pictures of the Working-Man at the Royal Westminster Exhibition



Essay, Drollery


Representation, Class, Industry, Education

    Describes an exhibition at the Palace of Westminster of paintings by leading statesmen of 'the working man' (some of which are reproduced in PU1/49/19/4) These reveal several statesmen's attitudes towards and perceptions of the working classes, including William E Forster's representation of a working man seated at a desk 'absorbed in the task of mental improvement'. Punch adds that at first it took the picture to be 'a portrait of Galileo in his cell, or a philosopher in his study'.

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