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Living Paintings

Dickensian Hard Times

Suitable for: Book Clubs

Delve into Dickensian hard times, “There is a wisdom of the head, and … there is a wisdom of the heart.” The suicide of Henry Chatterton was the finale to a short and tragic life which continued to inspire poets and artists for many years. Richard Redgrave was a campaigning artist drawing attention to the plight of women in the unforgiving Victorian society – The Outcast portrays this vividly.

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These two paintings depict a Dickensian pre-occupation with people living at the margins of society, in misery, in poverty, in dire straits.
The Outcast depicts a very sad scene, unthinkable in our more tolerant times. A middle class family, fairly well off, are together in a comfortable living room but all is not well. The eldest daughter is being sent away from these warm surroundings into the cold night. You can almost hear the words, "Never darken my door again". She is clutching her baby and her father is at the door angrily pointing the way. The rest of the family are distraught and a young sister is pleading with the father to relent. The baby is not newborn so some other event has triggered the father's rage. On the floor is an open letter. Perhaps this gives the name of the baby's father maybe a sworn enemy of the family or an unsuitable match in status.

What's inside

  • 10 copies of two or three raised tactile images.
  • Audio descriptions with music and sound effects in your chosen format of either CD or USB.
  • Coloured picture book of the raised images. Guidance Notes to help you make the most of using this book.
  • An ‘Articles for the Blind’ returns label for the free and convenient return of the box.

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The Outcast
Chatterton

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