Landscapes Below Speaker Series

22 Mar 2018

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  • The UL can be found on the ‘Uni 4’ bus routes, and via the park and ride service.
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An evening talk by Dr Jenny Gaschke, Curator of Fine Art pre-1900 at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, on geology and art.


The watercolours of George Cumberland (1754-1848), a life-long friend of William Blake and early member of the so-called Bristol School, merge a passion for fossils and geology with radical landscape.

During this talk, Dr Jenny Gaschke, Curator of Fine Art pre-1900 at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, will explore how George Cumberland’s drawings and watercolours relate to the vibrant intellectual and cultural climate of early nineteenth century Bristol. Dr Gaschke will seek to trace the reciprocal influence science and art had on each other in the activities of the newly founded Bristol Institution and through the artistic practice of professional and amateur landscape painters in the city between 1820 and 1840. Significantly, Cumberland published both art-theoretical and palaeontological tracts as well as collecting both art and geological specimens.

The drawings and watercolours in the collection of Bristol Museum & Art Gallery suggest he was using images of landscape, in this case the striking scenery around Bristol, to align scientific observation with ideas about Creation.

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