Seminar: British Landscape Views of India

Ref: C3746854

Views of India were a very popular subject for numerous British travellers and colonists to record. Their work encompassed India’s rich architectural heritage and natural landscapes, and also British coastal cities and hill stations. Considering a wide selection of paintings, prints and photographs from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries – a period during which British power and influence in the subcontinent expanded rapidly – we will explore a range of questions. What were the issues facing the artists in portraying scenes from a different culture? How was their work shaped by European aesthetic theories? What was the impact back in Britain of the material they produced? How did their work help to shape European ideas about the subcontinent, its history and its society? And what was its role in the broader imperial project?

Course aim

To consider, within a broader historical context, the ways in which British colonial artists depicted landscape and architectural scenes in India through painting, prints and photographs.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify the main features of the aesthetic approaches adopted by British artists in India
  • Comment on examples of British depictions of India
  • Discuss the possible relationship between landscape depictions and broader imperial attitudes

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

No preparatory reading is required, but some initial suggestions for general reading include: Mildred Archer and Ronald Lightbown, India Observed (1982) John E. Crowley, chapter on ‘India’ in Imperial Landscapes (2011)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Seminar: British Landscape Views of India


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