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The Town Hall Ford Madox Brown Murals on Zoom

25/04/2021 2:00 pm
25/04/2021 3:30 pm
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This tour: Sunday 25 April 2021, 2pm.
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• Ford Madox Brown’s Town Hall Murals, explained in full – every last brush stroke, every story, every character, every important detail – by Ed Glinert.

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Ed Glinert, unveils his research into Ford Madox Brown’s Town Hall murals on Zoom; perfect given that the Town Hall is closed till 2024.

The curious viewer who enters the Great Hall looks at the Murals and asks: why these scenes, why this version of history? The 12 panels contain a palette full of stories but also a catalogue of twists.

It seems perverse to find a panel illustrating the baptism of a king that never came to Manchester but not of the Peterloo Massacre. It seems strange to find a mural of an Oxford cleric tried for heresy at London’s St Paul’s but nothing about the opening of the world’s first railway station in Manchester.

And here’s another odd thing; a series of paintings decorating a room that ranks as the crowning creation of Victorian Gothic revival architecture and design contains no Victorian stories among them. How odd, how ironic, how Pre-Raphaelite.

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