Saved by the hand that is not stretched out: The aged poor in hubert von herkomer's eventide: A scene in the westminster union

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Abstract

Focusing on the work of the Victorian “old age painter,” Hubert von Herkomer, this article explores how, through the production of “truth” effects, ostensibly harmless visual representations can function to propagate and reinforce ageist attitudes. Because it depicts the old seamstresses who are its subject as redeemed by the work they perform, Herkomer's painting is proved complicit with an ideology of labor which dooms its subjects to the conditions of squalor deemed necessary to the workhouse environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)762-771
Number of pages10
JournalGerontologist
Volume33
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1993
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Ageism
  • Images of aging
  • Victorian
  • Workhouses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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