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Fifty Years of Work without Wages
Laborare est orare


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - British and Irish History, 19th Century

  • Date Published: February 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108064583

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About the Authors
  • Born in Ancoats, a deprived industrial area of Manchester, Charles Rowley (1839–1933) witnessed what he saw as the degeneration of inner-city life in the second half of the nineteenth century. His family's picture-framing business, combined with his love of culture, brought him into contact with the ideas and personalities associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, notably William Morris. As a social reformer, Rowley was suspicious of organised charity and its tendency to patronise those it tried to support. Through a number of progressive initiatives, he laboured to bring art and culture to working people: the Ancoats Brotherhood, which organised lectures and reading groups, was among the many projects he fostered. First published in 1911, these well-illustrated memoirs present a thoughtful portrait of Rowley's experiences and enthusiasms, touching upon his interactions with such artists as Ford Madox Brown, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Holman Hunt.

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    • Date Published: February 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108064583
    • length: 320 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • contains: 55 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The hungry forties
    2. The fighting fifties
    3. The maturing sixties
    4. A municipal era
    5. A municipal school of art
    6. Frederic Shields
    7. Ford Madox Brown
    8. The Rossettis
    9. William Morris
    10. Holman Hunt
    11. Prince Kropotkin and a group of refugees
    12. Some friends at home
    13. Friends abroad
    14. Recreation in Ancoats
    15. The brotherhood proper
    16. An education committee
    17. The round table
    18. An amateur lecturer.

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    Charles Rowley

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