Manchester Art Gallery

Interior of the Manchester Royal Exchange



Interior of the Manchester Royal Exchange

Summary

A raised perspective of the interior of the Manchester Royal Exchange. It is a grand Victorian building, with classical archways, ornate columns, and a glass dome overhead. It is filled with crowds of businessmen in top hats.

Display Label

Interior of the Manchester Royal Exchange 1877 Next to the third column back on the left, the man pointing someone out to the underling in the red hat band is Daniel Bancroft, the ticket inspector. He is probably singling out a non-member to be ejected. If you didn’t pay your subscription you were not entitled to do business in this marketplace. The two artists have compiled portraits of every important gentleman in Manchester, even those who weren’t normally ‘on ‘change’, as it was called. This faking of a crowd has taken its toll on the picture’s sense of movement. As a capitalist feeding frenzy, it lacks blood.


Object Name

Interior of the Manchester Royal Exchange

Date Created

1877

Dimensions

unframed: 153.4cm x 215.5cm
framed: 193.6cm x 254.8cm

accession number

1968.245

Collection Group

fine art
British
painting

Place of creation

England

Support

canvas

Medium

oil paint

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