Preston: Past and Present

What can paintings tell us?

This is a painting called 'The 1862 By-election'. It was painted by a man called Vladimir Sherwood. It is set on Church Street in Preston. 


What can we learn about Preston in 1862 from this painting?

You might like to think about...

  • the houses - are they big or small? clean or dirty? cramped or spacious?
  • the air - is it nice to breathe?
  • the chimneys in the background - what are they for?
  • the types of people - are they rich or poor?
  • how do you think the people in the painting feel?
  • can you see any animals? - why are they there?
  • how did people get around? - how do we know?

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