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High culture and tall chimneysArt institutions and urban society in Lancashire, 1780-1914$
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James Moore

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781784991470

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781784991470.001.0001

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Challenging ‘the ocean of mediocrity and pretence’? The alternative visions of the Whitworth and Harris galleries

Challenging ‘the ocean of mediocrity and pretence’? The alternative visions of the Whitworth and Harris galleries

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High culture and tall chimneys
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James Moore

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781784991470.003.0008

The Whitworth Gallery in Manchester and the Harris Museum and Gallery in Preston provided an alternative vision for the future of art galleries. Rejecting what they saw as excessive commercialism and populism these galleries defined different approaches to public art. This chapter examines these approaches and assesses both their successes and their cultural significance for the region. It also raises question about the nature of ‘public art’ – could it be genuinely inclusive, while being led by an essentially small group of cultural leaders?

Keywords:   neoclassicism, commercialism, populism, elitism, Harris, Hibbert, Whitworth, Manchester, Preston

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