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The charitable offer of a lollipop to a blind working-class girl is painted with exactness and clear bright colour. James Campbell was well known for contemporary subjects like this, showing the life of the urban poor. He became known as ‘the most Dickensian of all the Pre-Raphaelites’.Campbell was one of a group of painters within the Liverpool Academy of Arts who were keen followers of Pre-Raphaelite artists working in London. This was the first picture he exhibited in London, at the Society of British Artists in 1855.

July 2007