Lecture: Sublime Snowdonia: British Artists and the Mountains of North West Wales, c. 1770-1850
| The Royal Victoria Hotel
A lecture by William Vaughan, Pevsner Professor Emeritus of History of Art, Birkbeck, University of London.
In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries the taste for picturesque travel and The Sublime led to a reassessment of the dramatic and beautiful scenery of Snowdonia. Pioneered by the Welsh artists Richard Wilson and Thomas Jones, a vogue developed amongst British landscape painters for making visits to the area and recording its scenery. Artists who came to Snowdonia included Turner, Girtin, Cotman, David Cox and Samuel Palmer. This talk will consider the variety of treatments of the area by such artists, as well as the depiction of literary and historical themes related to it (such as Thomas Gray's poem The Bard). There will also be a consideration of the relationship between these works and the revival of interest in Celtic cultures and Welsh national identity.