'The draught of a landskip mathematicall': Britain's landmarks delineated, 1610-1750

Todman, Amy Clare File (2013) 'The draught of a landskip mathematicall': Britain's landmarks delineated, 1610-1750. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

This thesis considers the making and circulation of drawn and printed imagery in Britain
over the period 1610-1750 with a particular emphasis on the observation and record of
place. It takes as its focus the contested position of the visual image in Britain over this
period, considering the place of the record of the land, past, present and future, in the
making and re-making of the country.
It is particularly concerned to elucidate links between different forms of depictive practice:
‘pictorial’ and ‘mathematical’, evident at the time of their making, if often lost in their
interpretation in the modern literature. These depictive traditions are explored in order to
examine the value of the categories of ‘real’ and ‘ideal’ that have tended to dominate
narratives of landscape history. Throughout, drawings and prints are considered as forms
of knowledge that combined a number of traditions and practices, aged along with those
more recent. Tensions between theories and practices of image-making are central rather than incidental
to the study, discovered through an examination of manuals and treatises as well as
drawings and prints. There is also a recognition of the importance of collecting practices
and patronage over this period, explored through the extended legacies of Lord Thomas
Howard, Earl of Arundel. A focus on collections and the legacies of landscape imagery
has necessitated that images be brought together from a wide range of regional and
metropolitan libraries, archives and art galleries, and reconnected with the wider cultural,
political and religious worlds through which they were circulated and enacted at the time
of their making. Drawing on a number of disciplinary traditions, this approach offers a new perspective on topographically-informed imagery over this extended period, seeking
to expand the parameters of the interpretation of such works.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Additional Information: Due to copyright restrictions the full text of this thesis cannot be made available online. Access to the printed version is available.
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Colleges/Schools: College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > History of Art
Supervisor's Name: Hermens, Dr. Emma
Date of Award: 2013
Depositing User: Mrs Marie Cairney
Unique ID: glathesis:2013-4968
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2014 10:10
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2014 10:10
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/4968

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