Gainsborough, Richard Wilson, Alexander Cozens, Thomas Jones, George Morland – establishing landscape painting in the 18th century.
Two major works in his later years: ‘Work’, showing a crowded street in Victorian London, and 12 large murals for Manchester Town Hall.
Wonderfully painterly oil sketches made in front of the motif anticipated the changes which weren’t seen again in landscape painting until 20-50 years later.
In which Don Quixote and Sancho Panza attend the burial of a local shepherd who died of unrequited love for a young shepherdess.
After painting his masterpiece ‘The Last of England’, he returned to landscapes made with great attention to detail, in front of the motif. And they sold.
After considerable success with prints, he turned to painting highly contemporary works. Despite critical success, he’s now been forgotten.
Bare feet as a sign of rural poverty, among irregular peasant volunteer soldiers, and striking miners. But what about the kissing of feet?
Unlike the face and hands, feet are usually covered in paintings. There are plenty of exceptions, but even the naked Phryné wore a pair of sandals.
After training in Belgium, he painted a series of narrative works, then a finely detailed landscape of a view over London. Success eluded him.
During his five-year expedition to the Himalaya, Karakoram and Altai Mountains, they were presumed lost for a year, during which 5 of his team died.