Artists associated with Manchester

Despite being a great city with an excellent art gallery, Thomas Agnew and Co donating pictures, and a strong tradition of design, there seems to be no great number of important Victorian painters in Manchester. And less who took their inspiration from the modern city itself, as Lowry was to do rather later than the artists covered on these pages.

The most interesting artist associated with Manchester, from the point of view of these pages, is Ford Madox Brown, many of whose works are in the Art Gallery, and whose murals adorn the Town Hall. But for all the Pre-Raphaelites who followed him, in Manchester we find only such obscure pupils of his as Robert Bruce Wallace.

Walter Crane was Director of Design in the Manchester Municipal School of Art from 1893-1896, but there is no great school of illustrators such as was established in Birmingham.

There are some Liverpool-born artists who studied or stayed in Manchester for a time - Thomas Mostyn should have been from Manchester, where his parents were native, but was actually born in Liverpool. He studied and worked in Manchester before heading for Herkomer's school in Bushey. William Stott of Oldham also studied at Manchester, and the sculptor Matthew Noble made his name there with his Wellington Memorial. Among architects, Alfred Waterhouse, also born in Liverpool, worked in Manchester for a while, his chief monument being the Town Hall. (There were of course other Manchester-based architects, not covered on these pages - we can give at least a nod to Worthington and Walters.)

Louise Jopling was the most significant female painter born in Manchester. We may also mention two rather minor painter/illustrators: Maude Goodman, who was born there, and Rose Pitman, working thereabouts in the 1880s.

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