English Art in the 1800s: What did we draw?

During the Georgian and Regency periods, it was common for the sons of noble and well-to-do families to take a 'Grand Tour' of France, Italy and Greece, admiring the architecture and art of the classical world.


Many of England's great palladian houses were built (or at least begun) during that period and their design and furnishings are heavily influenced by classical and Italian art.

Landscape painting was very popular and developed rapidly during this time. People began to travel, and - rather than just go abroad - began to discover that English landscapes could be just as dramatic and romantic as Italian ones.

Most young ladies were taught how to draw, and sketching trips and parties became a fashionable pastime.

During the summer months, the Royal Academy held its famous summer exhibition, which was a 'must see' event for England's fashionable crowd.

Additional Information


I'm not an art historian and my knowledge of English art history is a bit limited. But I really enjoyed two recent BBC series by David Dimbleby, that may be of use to anyone with an interest in English art and architecture.

A Picture of Britain is an intriguing exploration of the English landscape and English landscape painting, while How We Built Britain dives into England's fascinating architectural heritage.





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