The Victorian Vision

Link to an audio recording of Jef talking about 19th century art at News From Nowhere Club on 11th January 2020

To find out more about Jef you can visit his website at

Saturday 11th January 2020

The Victorian Vision: 19th Century British Artists & How Art Changed

Speaker: Jef Page

From Constable and Turner to Gwen John, art went through great changes. Landscape views, the sketch and portraits became acceptable (e.g. GF Watts’ portrait of William Morris) as did women artists in their own right. New galleries (National founded in 1824, National Portrait 1856 and Tate 1897) opened their doors to new avant-garde artists like the Pre-Raphaelites and Whistler. These galleries were and still are free, bringing culture to the public. Working class subjects such as poverty, work and even strikes began to be portrayed (Fildes, Crowe, Dore, Herkomer). Jef worked in the National Gallery for 25 years, is an experienced free-lance gallery guide and lecturer in art history and much else. As he’s President of Ilford Historical Society, we are inviting other historical societies in east/northeast London to come tonight with their programme leaflets for us.

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