Sunday, December 03, 2017

Being Diddled By A Halifax Muck Rake


Ah, the good old days, when family entertainment meant more than playing Angry Birds on your iPad. According to the Halifax Courier of 2nd December 1899, if you had nothing better to do on your afternoon off, you could take yourself along to Gray's Art Gallery on Commercial Street and pay sixpence to have a look at Sir Noel Paton's latest masterpiece - "The Muck Rake". Was it value for money? To answer the question you don't need to pay sixpence (which would have been about £10 in current prices), all you need to do is to stop playing Angry Birds for a minute and Google the painting.


I have to say, I think the citizens of Halifax in 1899 were being diddled!


2 comments:

  1. Me too. That's 6d too much for a ghastly picture. Who is Sir Noel Paton anyway? Never heard of him. (You & Izzy OK?)

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    1. He seemingly thought himself as a bit of a Pre-Raphaelite but dedicated his life to painting shining Jesus's and fathering eleven children. We are both well and hope that 2018 will bring an opportunity to meet up again.

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