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The Dinner Hour, WiganEyre Crowe, 1874

Eyre Crowe (1824-1910) was an English painter who was brought up in France. Coming from a family of journalists (both his father and his brother) it’s perhaps no surprise that, alongside his interest in painting historical scenes, he was also known for painting scenes inspired by social realism. This picture of Victoria Mill, Wallgate, Wigan was created in 1874, and is unusual in that it shows a straightforward and, for the time, an unromanticised view of working people in an industrial setting. It’s considered the most famous of Crowe’s British paintings.


Reproduced by kind permission of Manchester Art Gallery

Wrap Up Your Painting

  • What caught your eye immediately about the painting?
  • How did you describe the character of the built environment to yourself?
  • How did the air smell, in your imagination?
  • Did you think the person you focused on was affluent or not? How could you tell?
  • In what way, if any, did this guided noticing activity add to your original impressions of the painting?
  • How do you feel now you’ve completed this activity? If you enjoyed it, why not add more Look at Paintings audio guides to your week? And don’t forget, you can take these guides with you to your local gallery and try them whilst standing in front of ‘real life’ art

Wrap Up Your Painting

  • Did you think this painting was realistic or idealistic?
  • Did you like this painting more, by the end of the activity? What in particular did you enjoy noticing?
  • How did your lunch taste, when you took your imaginary sip?
  • Who was your favourite character in the painting?
  • Did this activity help you to slow down, take time out? If you enjoyed it, why not try more listening guides and make them a part of your week?