Art and the Industrial Revolution

History of Art, School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music

College of Arts and Law


Code 18853

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 20

Semester 1 and 2

Module description

This course will provide an introduction to the production and reception of paintings, prints and sculptures produced during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the period that became known as the Industrial Revolution. We will be asking how artists represented, or chose to avoid representing industrialisation, and how patronage and artistic institutions were affected by widespread social and economic change. Some of the artists whose work will be considered will include: Hogarth, West, Reynolds, Zoffany, Flaxman, Blake, Constable, Writh of Derby and Turner.

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