“CONDUCT IN PICTURE-GALLERIES”

CAREER SUICIDE

From Etiquette: Rules and Usages of the Best Society, an 1885 book published in Australia to help ensure that our Colonial cousins were comporting themselves in a suitable manner. I’m sort of from the 19th century anyway, but even if I wasn’t there would still be a lot of what follows I’d commend as good advice to many of the rude, selfish idiots who visit galleries in the current century and generally walk around as if they’re in a bulletproof bubble outside of which other people don’t exist.

I also really wish that more people in the present treated artists with the kind of respect and admiration urged under the heading of “Conduct in an artist’s studio”… albeit possibly to a fault. The impression overall is that the author regards artists as being rather akin to thoroughbred horses, fine creatures but liable to bolt and possibly kick if you…

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