The Rise of British Landscape Painting 1700-1820

Short course

+44 (0)20 7942 2000

Join us on this in-person weeklong course to discover how, during the 18th-century, landscape emerged as a central theme for British art. You will hear from expert lectures, explore the V&A's collection through gallery tours and close object observation sessions, alongside a visit to Tate Britain.

Please note that places on this course are strictly limited in order to maximise your student experience. Our aim is to get you up close to objects and give you the space to ask questions. This course will also introduce students to the Prints and Drawings Study Room allowing access to different parts of the V&A's collection.

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Portrait of Course Director Dr Kathy McLauchlan

Course Director
Dr Kathy McLauchlan

Dr Kathy McLauchlan is an art historian specialising in French painting and the academic tradition. She completed an MA in 19th century painting and a PhD on the French Academy in Rome at the Courtauld Institute. Kathy has worked for the Open University, Birkbeck College, the Arts Society and Morley College where she was head of Art & Design.

It was amazing to see these fabulous items up close. Previous V&A Academy Course Attendee

Course overview

Discover how landscapists rose from having a peripheral and humble status within the British art scene to achieve celebrity status, their work discussed and admired by critics and public at home and abroad. We explore those features of the worlds of art and society that contributed to this change: the growth of institutions for the display and sale of art, the growth of an art public, interconnections between art and entertainment, the rise of tourism, and growing fascination with the natural world during the Age of Enlightenment. We also examine the work of artists most closely involved in the rise of British landscape art, including Paul Sandby’s topographical ‘map work’, Alexander Cozens experimental ‘blot’ drawings, Gainsborough’s rural idylls, Turner’s sublime Alpine views and Constable’s early efforts to create a simpler, more natural type of landscape.


Bring your learning to life

Being up close with treasured objects from the V&A's collections brings your learning to life. Get precious time with incredible exemplars, as well as with our expert tutors and your fellow learners.

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Short course: The Rise of British Landscape Painting 1700-1820

3 June 2024 - 7 June 2024


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