He became the most influential critic of painting in Britain, providing the Pre-Raphaelites with strong support. But that proved capricious, and eventually destructive to landscape painting.
The first of two looking at the telling of English legends in paintings: Robin Hood and his ‘Merry Men’, popular for the last 500 years.
Some of the finest travel paintings of the century, covering areas which were still seldom visited, and ending with a spectacular view of the world’s 3rd highest mountain, Kangchenjunga.
From Richard Parkes Bonington, through AW Hunt, John Brett, Edward Poynter, Delacroix, Rosa Bonheur, Daumier, Gustave Moreau, and Winslow Homer.
There’s two ways to paint a coastal cliff: from the beach, or on the top. Surprisingly few landscape painters have opted for the latter. Here are some examples.
What are accessories or ‘staffage’, what narrative, and what intrinsic to the reading and style of a landscape?
A look back at some of the series and some surprises which you might have missed over the last year.
She started out as a successful illustrator, but for most of her working life painted rural cottages across southern England.
Was John Ruskin a promoter or detractor? How great was his influence on the style, practice, and success?
Were Pre-Raphaelite landscape paintings just a brief and unimportant, passing phase, or did they have significant influence?