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Painting by John Craxton depicting a building in landscape with trees and dark clouds.

Capturing Landscapes in 20th Century British Art | Recording Britain and Scotland


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[ Art History Course )

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From the moors and fells, to pastures and gardens, generations of artists have been inspired by the British landscape. Over four sessions Dr Gill Clarke MBE will explore its varied representation.

The Recording Britain Scheme was set up in 1940 to employ artists to record the changing landscape of Britain and paint ‘places and buildings of characteristic national interest’. The watercolours produced depicted market towns and agricultural landscapes, rural industries, architectural follies and wild places across England and parts of Wales. Recording Scotland was launched two years later, with some 145 pictures created in various mediums by 47 artists and covering 23 counties.

We will look at both schemes, which had interesting and fundamental differences, examining their collection methods but also their selection of artists which included well known figures such as John Piper and Samuel John Peploe.


Gill Clarke was Visiting Professor and Curator at the Otter Gallery, University of Chichester from 2012-18. She has published widely on 20th century British Art, and most recently Conflicting Views: Pacifist Artists. Other books include Shorelines: Artists on the South Coast; Evelyn Dunbar: War and Country; The Bishop Otter Art Collection: A Celebration and edited The Diaries of Randolph Schwabe: British Art 1930-48, which he kept while Head of the Slade School of Art. She has contributed to publications on British artists including ‘Gluck: A Life in Art’, which appears in Gluck: Art and Identity. In addition she has guest curated at St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington and most recently in 2016 at Pallant House Gallery (for the exhibition of the Bishop Otter Art Collection).

Part of a four session course, ‘Capturing Landscapes in 20th century British Art’, (Wed 4 Sept – 9 Oct 2019)

One session £30; full course £100. Under 30s: Single session £20; full course £70

In order to receive the discount for booking the full course, please add each of the five sessions to your basket and the discount will be reflected at check out. Please note, only one offer can be applied to each purchase and so the Friend’s 10% discount cannot be applied in addition to the full course discount.