British Artists in Rome in the 1750s


Thursday 21 April 2011 - 14:30 until 15:30

‘I am now at the height of my wishes, in the midst of the greatest works of art the world has produced.’ 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 ‘Athenian’ Stuart and Gavin Hamilton) they were part of a changing community of British artists inspired by the history and art of Rome. Angus Haldane’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

Venue information

Opening times

Daily, including bank holidays, 10am – 5pm Closed 24 – 26 Dec

Entry details

Tickets £10

2.30 - 3.30pm

To book, call 0844 415 4151, Monday-Friday 9am-5.30pm

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