Edwardian Modernities and the Twopenny Tube: Art and Music in London, 1901-1910

Tim Barringer, Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art, Yale University

Co-presented with the Power Institute, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney


Monday 10 March 2014

The lecture takes the form of a picaresque journey across Edwardian London using the new Central Line underground, alighting at locations associated with both art and music. By looking at the coming together of the visual and verbal we can identify paradigmatic cultural events of a key transitional decade. Walter Richard Sickert and the Camden Town Group frequented music halls where the vernacular vaudeville revealed a distinctive local blend of music and words. In the City of London, we encounter Edward Elgar's portrayal of the busy bluster of the streets and the quiet shadows of the Guildhall in his overture Cockaigne: In London Town, a work filled with visual references. Other stops on the Central Line bring us into contact with Suffragettes, Union activists, Vorticist painters, as well as nostalgia for the lost folksong of the English countryside and the lore of the Irish village. Finally, the onset of World War I brings the Edwardian Era to a tragic close.

Tim Barringer

Tim Barringer is Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art at Yale University. His books include Reading the Pre-Raphaelites (1999; new edition, 2012) and Men at Work: Art and Labour in Victorian Britain (2005). With colleagues he co-authoredAmerican Sublime, and co-edited Art and the British Empire and Art and Emancipation in Jamaica. He is currently completing a book Broken Pastoral: Art and Music in Britain, Gothic Revival to Punk Rock and is co-curator of 'Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde' (Tate, 2012, Washington, Moscow, 2013, Tokyo, 2014)