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Bewick's Country Scenes in Context, Newcastle

Indoor Event, 2pm-3pm

Artist and engraver Thomas Bewick’s earthy view of rural life seems to be almost a parody of the idealising scenes produced by many painters during the 18th and 19th centuries. Yet the naturalism of these images masks unexpected tensions: they express Bewick’s troubled response to the great agricultural changes then taking place – changes which his own friends promoted.

Diana Donald is a retired Professor of Art History and Head of the Department of History of Art and Design at the Manchester Metropolitan University. She is the author of many books including Endless Forms: Charles Darwin, Natural Science and the Visual Arts (2009) and Picturing Animals in Britain, 1750 – 1850 (2007). Her latest book ‘The Art of Thomas Bewick’ will be published by Reaktion Books in June 2013 and Diana’s illustrated lecture will be based on her research for the book.

This talk has been organised in partnership with the Bewick Society. It is free and takes place in the Great North Museum:Hancock, Newcastle.