50 artworks in the Wiltshire Museum's collection explore the gorgeous Wiltshire landscape, from chalk hill figures to prehistoric remains.
Echoing 19th-century ideas in their work, 20th-century artists introduced new ways of appreciating Wiltshire's landscape. Between the First and Second World Wars, less travelled Wiltshire routes were appreciated in new ways for their connection to the past. The surrounding countryside became an inspiration for local artists, as its beautiful furrows, hedgerows and landscapes were noticed for the first time.
Artists who would become household names were joined by educators, the tutored and the self-taught. They began exploring making art that celebrated the sleepy villages and slower-paced market towns of Wiltshire, using varied materials, shapes and styles.
This exhibition allows you to explore the concept of the 'idealised' English rural landscape in recent times, exploring how we think about the past as it is presented in landscape art.