richard mcdougall workshop sUMMER 2012


Visions of Wales: Watercolours by English Artists, c. 1775-1850

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

16.00 - 18.00, IMAF Centre for the Study of Drawings, The Courtauld Institute of Art

castle and other buildings next to bridge over river
Joseph Mallord William Turner, Chepstow Castle (recto), circa 1793. Graphite, watercolour (blue, grey and brown), pen and brush and ink on paper. height: 20.9 cm; width: 29.9 cm. Acquisition: Courtauld, Stephen, Sir (in memory of); gift; 1974 D.1974.STC.1. Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

Speaker(s): Dr Rachel Sloan (Assistant Curator of Works on Paper, The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, places are free but due to limited space advance booking is required. Please contact researchforum@courtauld.ac.uk by Friday 27 April 2012

Organised by: Professor Caroline Arscott and Dr Rachel Sloan

One of the essential stops on an English watercolourist’s itinerary from the later eighteenth century, Wales provided a rich source of inspiration to generations of artists. First ‘discovered’ by antiquarians earlier in the century, the natural beauty and historical importance of its landscapes and architecture exerted a powerful attraction for English artists – but their Welsh watercolours were seldom straightforward representations of famous sites.

Please join us for an informal workshop to examine and discuss a group of watercolours in The Courtauld’s collection by artists including J M W Turner, Francis Towne, James Ward and Francis Danby, drawing out the political, historical and aesthetic complexities of these visions of Wales.

This workshop is part of the Richard McDougall series of events held biannually at The Courtauld Institute of Art on British watercolour painting post-1750.



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