Inaugural meeting of the British Genre and Narrative Painting: 1750-1870 research group, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, 11 March 2020

In 2019-20 Liverpool Hope University will be running a new subgroup of the British Art Network ( The subgroup – British Genre and Narrative Painting: 1750-1870 – will meet for the first time on 11 March 2020, at Wolverhampton Art Gallery, from 10.45am – 4.00pm. The schedule will include a keynote talk by Professor Colin Cruise.

The event is free to attend, with lunch provided, but attendees will need to fund their own travel. However, there is a small fund available for travel bursaries. If you wish to attend, and if you wish to apply for a travel bursary, please contact the sub-group organiser, Dr. Amelia Yeates (


British Art Network

 Subgroup: British Genre and Narrative Painting: 1750-1870

 11 March 2020, Wolverhampton Art Gallery

 Draft Programme


10.45-11.00               Arrival and registration (refreshments provided)

11.00-11.15               Introduction to the British Genre and Narrative Painting sub-group, Amelia Yeates (Liverpool Hope University)

Introduction to Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Marguerite Nugent / Carol Thompson (Wolverhampton Art Gallery)

11.15-12.15               Opening talk: ‘The Complexities of Genre: Issues in approaching nineteenth-century narrative painting’, Colin Cruise (University of Aberystwyth)

12.15-12.30               ‘Researching and interpreting eighteenth-century viewing practices surrounding genre and narrative painting series and their shift in significance after translation to printed and transportable imagery’, Rosanna Harrison Amgueddfa Cymru/National Museum Wales.

12.45-2.00                 Break for lunch and networking, and opportunity to view the exhibition Victoria and Albert: Our Lives in Watercolour

2.00-2.30                   ‘Paintings of Women Reading as Genre painting’, Amelia Yeates (Liverpool Hope University)

2.30-2.50                   Collection overview: York Art Gallery, Fiona Green, York Museums Trust

2.50-3.20                   ‘Introduction to the Cranbrook Colony’, Marguerite Nugent (Wolverhampton Art Gallery)

3.20-3.40                   Refreshment break

3.40-4.00                   Genre and Narrative Painting Subgroup going forward (group discussion)

4.00pm                       Closing remarks, Amelia Yeates (Liverpool Hope University)