The north of England has repeatedly inspired painters to protray its scenery and ways of life. This was especially true at the turn of the nineteenth century when an upsurge of interest in its people, places and events was fuelled by affordable pictures and prints. These were the years before the widespread use of photography, when images were handmade by artists and engravers for a rapidly growing trade with publishers, printers and binders.
Hailed by his contemporaries as the 'Father of Water Colour painting in this country', Francis Nicholson's career spanned nine decades. He witnessed the founding of the Royal Academy, the opening of the first public 'Picture Gallery', the founding of the National Gallery, and the Inaugural Exhibition of the Society of Painters in Water Colours of…
Gordon Bell began his career as a teacher of art in primary and secondary schools. His interests in education took him into research and development and a variety of posts in universities and colleges. He has published extensively on the arts and education and was appointed Professor of Education in 1988. In this book, Gordon Bell has brought together the specialist knowledge of his co-authors, Arthur Credland and Heather Birchall to provide an absorbing account of the life and times of a remarkable series of artists.
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