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Hampton Court House brings Victorian art to life!

In today’s Art assembly, Years 6, 9, 10 and 11 travelled back in time to 1862 to analyse Robert Braithwaite Martineau’s compelling painting ‘The Last Day in the Old Home’.

True to the spirit of Victorian entertainment, the painting was brilliantly brought to life as a tableau vivant in the Main Hall by Rahul, Mitchell and Hanju in Year 9; Cassandra and Hayden in Year 5 and by Emily and Dahlia in Year 10. With a few carefully selected props to help along the way, the assembled students were invited to explore the hidden truths behind this complex family portrait, which is normally on show at Tate Britain.

Guided by Caith (whose History of Art club runs every Thursday lunchtime in the Senior Art Room), HCH’s next generation of budding Art Historians considered how Martineau’s choice of subject, style and composition added to their understanding and enjoyment of his painting.

Robert Braithwaite Martineau’s compelling painting ‘The Last Day in the Old Home’.

To find out more about the painting click the image below.