JRRI Annual Lecture 2019. Jenny Uglow: 'Walter Crane: Fairytales, Manchester and Utopian Socialism'
|Starts:||17:30 14 Mar 2019|
|Ends:||19:30 14 Mar 2019|
|What is it:||Lecture|
|Organiser:||John Rylands Research Institute|
|Who is it for:||University staff, External researchers, Adults, Alumni, Current University students, General public, Post 16|
The 2019 JRRI Annual Lecture is presented by historian and writer, Jenny Uglow.
Walter Crane: Fairytales, Manchester and Utopian Socialism
Walter Crane, Director of the Manchester School of Art in the 1880s, was both the first great illustrator of children's books and a pioneering radical whose fairytale images created the iconography of early socialism. In this vividly illustrated talk, using images from the Whitworth and John Rylands collections, Jenny Uglow examines this transformation and asks if the dream of art forwarding the cause of labour and the poor can still hold good today.
About the speaker
Jenny Uglow writes on literature, art, and social history. Her books include award-winning biographies of Elizabeth Gaskell, and group studies including The Lunar Men and the panoramic In These Times: Living in Britain through Napoleon's Wars, 1793-1815. She is particularly interested in the relation of text, idea and image, and has written lives of William Hogarth and Thomas Bewick, as well as her study of Sarah Losh, a surprising Victoria architect and visionary, as well as the short Words and Pictures: A Peculiarly British Tradition. Her most recent book, winner of the Hawthornden Prize, is Mr Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense, and a short book on Walter Crane will appear in a new series about great illustrators.
Jenny lives in Canterbury, and has four grown up children and seven grandchildren. She was given an OBE in 2008, and was Chair of the Council of the Royal Society of Literature 2014-16.
Drinks Reception: 5.30pm
Attendance is free but places are limited; please register via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/walter-crane-fairytales-manchester-and-utopian-socialism-tickets-56653680684
Travel and Contact Information
Historic Reading Room
The John Rylands Library Deansgate