Art and Music in Britain, 1880-1914

George Clausen, ‘The Boy and the Man’, 1908

Edwardian scholars may be interested in the following lecture, taking place on the 23rd October at the Courtauld Institute of Arts:

Broken Pastoral and the English Folk: Art and Music in Britain, 1880-1914 by Tim Barringer (Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art, Yale  University)

This lecture examines the revived interest in  folk culture in late-Victorian and Edwardian Britain, exploring the relationships between ethnography, musicology and the study of historical arts and crafts. Professor Barringer contends that the aesthetic potency of visual and musical compositions drawing on folk sources lay in the widespread acknowledgement of the imminent disappearance of folk culture in the face of modernity and mechanized warfare. Under consideration are the photographer P.H. Emerson, painters George Clausen, Henry Herbert La Thangue and Augustus John, the gardener and writer Gertrude Jekyll, ethnographer E.B. Tylor, and composers  Sir Hubert Parry, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Percy Grainger.

For more details see here. Please check the Courtauld Research Forum for a full list of art history lectures and seminars occurring this autumn.

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