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Online Talk: Cranford Illustrators – Which Bits Did They Illustrate?

As part of our A Love Affair with Cranford exhibition, Anthony Burton returns with a new talk exploring Cranford’s many illustrators. Surveying thirteen varied artists including women illustrators Margaret Wheelhouse, Evelyn Paul, Sybil Tawse, Christiana Hammond and Joan Hassall, he asks why they were attracted to illustrate certain aspects of Elizabeth Gaskell’s famous work that centred on the ‘Amazons’ of Cranford. The cow in flannel pyjamas? Few artists tried this but many depicted Miss Matty burning old letters and other aspects of the women’s lives.  Most liked to draw people but few showed Cranford as a place. Do the illustrations offer a commentary on the ladies of Cranford or just occasional glimpses?

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19th Jan 2022

7pm - 8pm

A Large Cheerful, airy house, quite out of Manchester smoke.

Charlotte Brontë on visiting the House, 1851