Among the scenes of contemporary Victorian life, The Royal Holloway College was fortunate enough to acquire several of the most important ever produced. Frith’s 'Railway Station' (1862), a fitting successor to his Derby Day, now in the Tate, is the most potent and revealing image ever painted of mid-Victorian urban life. Landscapes, townscapes and travel scenes, which form an impressive portion of the collection, include examples from Linnell, Leader, Stanfield, McWhirter, and David Roberts, whose ‘Pilgrims Approaching Jerusalem’ (1841) is one of his most successful in this vein. The landscapes exhibit a wide variety of mood and technique, from the crystalline precision of John Brett’s ‘Carthillon Cliffs’ (1878), to the more impressionistic technique of Peter Graham’s ‘Highland Croft’, (1873) where a broader technique convincingly suggests the atmosphere and texture of a rough modern terrain.

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