In this essay, William Fulford defends contemporary England against the claim
that it is “a practical age, an age of facts, in which imagination lies dead or dying, while art is neglected or cultivated feebly and unsuccessfully” (190). He gives Tennyson, Hunt, and Ruskin as examples that the 19th century is an age of moral and intellectual progress, as well as scientific and technological.
First printed in
The Oxford and Cambridge Magazine
, March, 1856.