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Online Talk – Cranford Illustrators: which bits did they illustrate?

Wednesday 19 January, 2022, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm GMT


As part of the Love Affair with Cranford exhibition at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, Anthony Burton returns with a new online talk exploring Cranford’s many illustrators. Surveying thirteen varied artists, he asks why they were attracted to illustrate certain aspects of Elizabeth Gaskell’s work. The cow in flannel pyjamas? Few artists tried this but many depicted Miss Matty burning old letters.  Most liked to draw people but few showed Cranford as a place. Do the illustrations offer a commentary or just occasional glimpses?