British Artists in Rome in the 1750s
â€˜I am now at the height of my wishes, in the midst of the greatest works of art the world has produced.â€™ So Joshua Reynolds wrote to Lord Edgcumbe from Rome in 1751. At the time, Reynolds shared lodgings with Thomas Patch, above the English Coffee House in Piazza di Spagna. Together with a number of other painters, sculptors and architects (such as James â€˜Athenianâ€™ Stuart and Gavin Hamilton) they were part of a changing community of British artists inspired by the history and art of Rome. Angus Haldaneâ€™s talk explores the dynamics of this artistic colony and examines how Roman influences were brought back to Britain, where they had a powerful impact on painting, sculpture and architecture in the later 18th century.
Lecture by Angus Haldane