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High culture and tall chimneys: Art institutions and urban society in Lancashire, 1780-1914

James Moore


During the nineteenth century industrial Lancashire became a leading national and international art centre. In 1857 Manchester hosted the international Art Treasures Exhibition at Old Trafford, arguably the single most important art exhibition every held. By the end of the century almost every major Lancashire town possessed an art gallery, while Lancashire art schools and artists were recognised nationally and internationally. This book examines the reasons for the remarkable rise of visual art in Lancashire and its relationship to the rise of the commercial and professional classes who suppo ... More

Keywords: art, museums, galleries, industrialisation, urbanisation, civic culture, governance, democratisation, Lancashire

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781784991470
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781784991470.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Moore, author
Lecturer in the School of History, Politics and International Relations at the University of Leicester