On the Moral Disorder of Victorian England: From Art to Political Economy: 1853–63

  • Graham A. MacDonald


Attention is focused on the years after Ruskin's marriage breakdown in 1854 and his subsequent involvement in William Maurice’s Working Men's College in London. Ideas about guilds start to form in his thought and in The Political Economy of Art of 1857 he first advances broader social principles. Aspects of medieval cultural and economic life, drawn from artwork and Dante, are fused with the achievements of the new Pre-Raphaelite school of painting as his shift towards political and economic criticism continues and culminates in 1862 with publication of Unto This Last, an indictment of the failures of the poor law reforms and the rules of capitalism.


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