Victorian age still fascinates us today. Paintings from that time
evoke an atmosphere of elegant gentility, of gentle, picturesque living.
Of course, the truth was that underneath this pastel coloured and refined
veneer, a layer of degradation was not too far away.
reason for this lingering fascination lies in a quote from Christopher
Wood, on the French Victorian artist, Tissot: "The contrast between
the dazzling elegance and complexity of Victorian dress and the drab practicality
of our twentieth-century attire must inevitably arouse feelings of envy
and nostalgia....He projects an image of an age infinitely more elegant
and leisured than our own.....We now see the Victorian world through hopelessly
This is my view of the Victorian world
through those rosy spectacles. It is a celebration of the section
of Victorian life that did experience manners, gentleness and a genuine
affection for one's fellows. I hope you enjoy it.