The most popular Victorian paintings were of the countryside - picturesque cottages, pretty milkmaids, perfect cattle. This unrealistic image of the English landscape is still with us, but as painters moved away from the towns which had been ravaged by the Industrial Revolution, they escaped as far as the Great Western Railway would take them, and found themselves in Cornwall. Here they contemplated the lessons learned from the French Impressionists, and Stanhope Forbes founded the Newlyn School. Christopher Wood brings the series to a close in the place where Victorian painting moved into the twentieth century.
Part of the series Painters to the People
Director of photography: Edwin Mickleburgh Presenter/Writer: Christopher Wood Original music: Ed Shearmur