Great British Artists

Art History

Day course

Residential course

Dr Jan Cox

15 August 2021 to 20 August 2021

£265 Non-residential week fee, £780 Single bedroom or shared occupancy, £890 Double bedroom single occupancy

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This course is part of Dillington Discovery Summer week.

We spend our week looking at six British artists who are household names yet possess many hidden qualities that our in-depth studies will reveal.

William Hogarth was the great chronicler of life in eighteenth-century England, and we will pay particular attention to his wonderful series of paintings: The Rake’s Progress, the Election series, and Marriage-A-la-Mode.

Thomas Gainsborough and Joshua Reynolds were great rivals in portraying the well-to-do later in the eighteenth century. In addition to their wonderful portraits, we will discuss Gainsborough’s landscapes and Reynolds tender pictures of children.

Joseph Wright has become one of Britain’s most popular painters; best known for his scientific pictures, we look at his landscapes of Italy, as well as portraits from his time in Liverpool and Bath.

Constable and Turner are the two giants of nineteenth-century painting. We will discover just how radical these two painters were, including Constable’s ‘The Hay Wain’ and Turner’s ‘Rain, Steam and Speed’.

You can attend all week or by the day. £58 per day, Friday £33 half day.

Monday Aug 16th – Gainsborough & Reynolds: Rivals in Art
Tuesday Aug 17th – Joseph Wright of Derby: Life and Art
Wednesday Aug 18th – John Constable & J M W Turner Part 1
Thursday Aug 19th – John Constable & J M W Turner Part 2
Friday Aug 20th – William Hogarth: The Rake’s Progress and The Election Series

Tutor information

Dr Jan. D. Cox was awarded a BA at Oxford Brookes University, where his work on Christopher Wood won the Jeanne Sheehy Memorial Prize, and an MA at the University of Bristol.  He was formerly chief researcher for a project that placed online Wyndham Lewis’s art criticism in The Listener, and has since been awarded a PhD scholarship by the University of Leeds.  He has lectured extensively on European and British art at the University of Bristol and the Royal West of England Academy.  He has also addressed conferences at Universities in Oxford and Montreal, and at the Danish National Gallery, Tate Britain, Tate St. Ives and the Courtauld Institute. He is on the tutor panel for both Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

Covid information

Dillington House wishes to reassure everyone that we are working closely with Somerset County Council to ensure every measure is being taken to make Dillington House a safe place for everyone.

All course participants will be sent further guidance prior to the course date.

Dillington House is following Government guidelines and adhering to new guidance including local or national lockdowns.

All places booked can be transferred or refunded in the event this course is cancelled. Individuals who are affected by local lockdowns will be able to transfer to an alternative course. All other terms and conditions apply.