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17 November 2009 by Laura

Film crew in gallery

Howard Jacobson discusses Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s painting The Tepidarium at the Lady Lever Art Gallery. 

The press team supervised filming at the Walker and Lady Lever Art Gallery last week. The film crew, from Oxford Film and TV, were making a series on the history of British art for Channel 4.

Our galleries will feature in the episode that looks at Victorian art, in particular at nudes and themes of sensuality. I had no idea quite how many naked people there are in both galleries. In case you are unsure let me tell you there is a lot and it turns out the Victorians were not as reserved as you might have imagined.

The writer Howard Jacobson was the presenter. He is Manchester-born and has known the Walker Art Gallery since a young age but this was his first visit to the Lady Lever, which he was hugely impressed by.

Unfortunately it is a long wait before what looks to be a really fascinating and thorough insight into British art hits our screens in Autumn next year but we’ll keep you posted with dates when we have them.

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