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A viewing of Henry Wallis’ notorious Chatterton painting as part of A Poetic City.

A unique opportunity to see a painting that created a sensation when it was first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1856, and was described by leading Victorian art critic John Ruskin as ‘faultless and wonderful’.

2020 marks 250 years since the death of Bristol-born poet Thomas Chatterton. Despite his accolade as the 'father of romantic poetry', he’s largely unknown in Bristol. Chatterton’s writings, life and death was a source of fascination for artists
and writers in the 19th century and he became a tragic hero, emblematic of artistic martyrdom.

Accompanying the exhibition of Wallis’ painting at the RWA, the A Poetic City programme also includes new publications, poetry commissions and readings, mental health workshops and lectures.

Royal West of England Academy

Queen's Road, Bristol, Greater Bristol, BS8 1PX

0117 973 5129


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