Lecture Series - American Arcadias: Dreams & Realities

January 04, 2021

If you are unable to attend the live session, do not worry - all those who register will automatically be sent copies of the lecture to view in your own time (from around four hours after it takes place).


American Arcadias: Dreams & Realities

JH USA Cole Tomas Oxbow Web           

In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, American architects and artists used the visual arts to explore the relationship between the American colonies and Great Britain. Following independence in 1776, they quickly moved on to express the ideals of the newly-established republic, not only in civic and domestic architecture, but also in painting. Thomas Jefferson understood the cultural possibilities of nationalism and not only led the way, but encouraged others to design suitable buildings redolent of "firmness, commodity and delight". Portrait and landscape artists depicted a new America that was on the one hand rooted in a modest sense of self, yet pleasing to the eye, and on the other proudly topographical as landscape gained in popularity. What better way to mark the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States than to join James Hill for these two timely and pertinent webinars?

Status & Station: Architecture & Portraiture in Colony & Republic – Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Eighteenth century architecture in America moved from dependence on British sources, civic and domestic, to a sophisticated grasp of the new ‘neo-classicism’ sweeping Europe in the era of enlightenment and revolution. Simultaneously there was a transition from the sombre portraiture of colonial society to a 'Grand Manner’ elegance which captured America's economic and political rise. 

Prospecting the Sublime: The Hudson River School - Thursday, 21 January 2021

The early nineteenth century saw the spectacular rise of America’s first native art movement, as the rugged terrain and clear-light of New York’s Hudson Valley inspired two generations of artists who captured America’s untamed nature and its vanishing wilderness. Discover how landscape painting came to dominate America's way of seeing itself for fifty years between 1820 and 1870. 

Format for Lecture

James will give two one-hour illustrated lectures. During the lecture you will have the chance to submit written questions which James will answer at the end - if time permits.

You will not need to download any software and the lecture will work in any browser. For the best experience use a desktop or laptop - but it will also work on an iPad or similar tablet. You will be also able to re-watch or watch a recording after the lecture.

Register for Lecture Series - 20 & 21 January at 11am 


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