Picturing the Picturesque: Views of the English Landscape in the Age of Romanticism
Tuesday, November 20
The Bard Graduate Center, 18 West 86th Street
5 pm private viewing of the exhibition William Beckford: An Eye for the Magnificent
6 pm presentations and discussion
7:30 pm book-signing reception
Panel discussion with Alexander Marr, author of “William Beckford and the Landscape Garden” in the Bard exhibition catalogue, and Todd Longstaffe-Gowan, a London-based landscape architect specializing historic parks and gardens as well as editor of The London Gardener and author of The London Town Garden, 1700–1840 (2001). Moderated by Betsy Rogers, Director of the Garden History Program at the Bard Graduate Center.
The panelists will examine the tradition of British landscape gardening with reference to the theoretical and practical roles of works on paper, including watercolor “flip-books,” working plans, topographical studies, and the kinds of Grand Tour scenes and Romantic picturesque views included in Pastoral to Postindustrial. The influence of the work of artists such as J. M.W. Turner and amateur designers such as William Beckford as well as the impact of encroaching industrialization and urbanization on perspectives of the natural and manmade environment will be explored.
Organized by The Bard Graduate Center and cosponsored by the Grey Art Gallery
$35 general admission; $25 seniors and students
Free to NYU students, faculty, and staff with current i.d.