Modern Britain : Painting, Print-Culture and Patronage in the Eighteenth Century
Dr Kate Grandjouan
20-24th July 2015
Visit to the Royal Society of Arts, Friday 24th July 2015
During the eighteenth century, British society was radically transformed by what was, in effect, a consumer revolution. Many quintessentially modern phenomena originate in the period : mass media, seductive shops, the cult of celebrity and vibrant public spaces for the arts. As wealth increased it reached into a new, ‘middling’ sector of society whose tastes and demands helped produce a varied and innovative visual culture. This course investigates the rich artistic legacy of the period. Ranging across painting and prints, sculpture and architecture it charts the ambitions of individuals and institutions and explores the competitive tensions. Major figures studied will include Lord Burlington, William Hogarth, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Thomas Gainsborough, Sir Horace Walpole, the Adam brothers, JMW Turner and Thomas Rowlandson. Their artistic legacies lie on the very doorstep of Somerset House, so participants will have the opportunity of studying the art at first hand, and often in the very places for which the works were initially intended. Among the locations we shall visit are the Society of Arts, the Foundling Museum, the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
See the course outline here: Modern Britain Courtauld Course Outline