During the Black Country radio show in May Billy Spokemon and Philip Modiano will be discussing how Wolverhampton’s artists, music (and literature) reflect its unique history as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.

These pictures will be part of the show.

Feedback from listeners very welcome  enquiries@revpetit.com, ideally with Wolverhampton Culture in the title, but we will read it whatever the title.

A. Petit and Butler Bayliss – unique artists capturing the reality of the industrial revolution.

Perhaps the most important picture is on the home page of the website

JL Petit, Near Wolverhampton, 1852

Of the ones for this page the first is the earliest known of the furnaces at Bilston

JL Petit Furnace near Wolerhampton, 1830s

The second is The Old Hall, then in use as a Japanning Workshop, in the centre of Wolverhampton, courtesy Bantock House Museum

The third is a typical Butler Bayliss courtesy Wolverhampton Art Gallery, early 20th Century

B. Nothing Else Quite Like Them

4. Andrew Wylde Chimneys near Manchester, 1852, Courtesy Royal Collection

Later of course there was Lowry, our fifth example, also from Manchester, Courtesy Historic UK, 1920s

But in the UK the fashionable pre-Raphaelites lived in a bygone world

6. A Welsh landscape, Ebenezer Downard, 1853, courtesy the Tate Gallery


C. Pop Art City – is that all ?

Wolverhampton Art Gallery celebrates its pop art collection, such as the seventh example: Pauline Boty – Colour is Gone (copyright the artists estate)


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