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The Alarm

Photo credit: Rochdale Arts & Heritage Service

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Edward Hughes painted a range of genre and historical paintings. This work picks up on a key subject in Victorian history painting – the English Civil Wars of the seventeenth century. The focus is on a frightened woman and her daughter as soldiers ascend the staircase. History painting for Victorians was a vehicle for a wide variety of political, moral and religious ideas. Scenes were selected to inspire calm with regard to the present; kindling patriotic pride, moral virtue and fear of revolution in the minds of onlookers.

Touchstones Rochdale





oil on card & panel


H 45 x W 61 cm

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gift from Robert Taylor Heape, 1902

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Touchstones Rochdale

The Esplanade, Rochdale, Greater Manchester OL16 1AQ England

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