Art walks: printmaking in 18th century London

Course Dates: 15/07/20
Time: 14:00 - 16:30
Location: OS - Off Site

Explore the bustling intellectual, political and artistic culture of 18th century London by walking in the steps of its most celebrated printmakers: William Hogarth, Thomas Rowlandson and Isaac Cruikshank.


What is the course about?

By the middle of the 18th century London seemed like the centre of the cultural universe. The city was the largest in the Western world, alive with the energy of 700,000 people from around the globe. As the era’s most popular art form printmaking documented and satirised the era’s important people, events and ideas. This walk will take us from St Giles through Covent Garden to St Paul’s Cathedral, stopping at historical sites depicted in popular prints, the shops that made their fortunes in the print trade and the coffee shops and pubs where artists met to stimulate their creativity. During the course we will discuss the work of artists like William Hogarth, Thomas Rowlandson and Isaac Cruikshank to uncover printmaking’s integral role in the formation of London’s ‘Golden Age’.

What will we cover?

• The importance of prints and printmaking in 18th century London culture
• How artists have constructed our historical knowledge of London through their prints
• The relationship between satire and printmaking.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Discuss the importance of printmaking in 18th century London by giving examples of at least two key artworks
- Describe at least three artworks that depict London during this time period
- Identify at least one of the key London site that contributed to print culture in the 18th century.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is suitable for all levels.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course will be taught as a guided walk and lecture and group discussion while standing in front of and walking to historic locations in London. Handouts will be provided by your tutor to support your learning on the course.
Please note we are unable to guarantee stools/seats during this walk; you will have to stand and to walk between locations. The walk is approximately 1.5 miles.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You might wish to bring a notebook. You might wish to buy some of the books on any reading list given out in class. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring an umbrella.
All of the sites visited during this course are free. However, we will stop at one coffee shop and one pub where you may wish to purchase refreshment; refreshment is not covered in the cost of the course.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You might also be interested in VB336 - Focus on Hogarth.


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Tutor Biographies
Sarah Jaffray

Sarah Jaffray received her BA and MA in Art History with an emphasis in French Modernism and a minor in the Italian Renaissance. She holds a second MA in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths, University of London. Sarah was a lecturer for several colleges and universities in the Los Angeles area before relocating to London to be with her family. For the past three years she has worked as an educator in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum and at Wellcome Collection. Her interests include Modernism, drawing, artistic process, collaboration, cultural theory, and the intersection of art and technology. She is currently researching the relationship of language and drawing.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

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Course Code: VB622

Wed, day, 15 Jul - 15 Jul '20

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £19.00
Senior fee: £15.00
Concession: £12.00

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