petrusplancius (petrusplancius) wrote,

William Holman Hunt, his wife Fanny

A drawing

A photograph of her.

One is struck by the glaring colours, especially in her clothes, which are dyed with the artificial dyes that had largely displaced the earlier vegetable dyes with their gentler and subtler colours. At least better than the horrible shiny black fabrics from that period. There was a similar decline in aesthetic standards in the printing of books, much of the architecture of the period (crudely patterned mass-produced brick providing a close parallel to Fanny's clothing), the forms and fabrics of the furniture, and so forth. Welcome to the modern world, in which one form of ghastliness is replaced by another, with occasional efforts at resistance.

A detail:
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