Who were Edward J. Burrow and Richard Eustace Tickell and why did they record The Vale of Nantgwilt in 1893? by Gerry McGandy

 

Special thanks to Joyce Cummings and Vic of the Cheltenham Local History Society; without their research in local Cheltenham Newspapers this essay would have been much poorer.

The School of Art collection at Aberystwyth houses eleven landscape prints engraved by Edward John Burrow after drawings by Robert Eustace Tickell. Tickell had them printed in a volume entitled ‘The Vale of Nantgwilt – A Submerged Valley‘ in1894 (Fig. 1). Who were Burrow and Tickell and why did they choose to record these pleasant and picturesque if otherwise unremarkable scenes?

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‘Claude and Views of the Picturesque in Great Britain’

This link leads to Nicole Elaine Wade’s website which was the result of her MA research project back in 2015. ‘Views of the Picturesque’ aims to provide a selective interpretation of late eighteenth century landscape prints within the Aberystwyth University School of Art Gallery and Museum Collection.

Claude and Views of the Picturesque in Great Britain

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Landscape With A Goatherd, Richard Earlom after a drawing by Claude Lorrain, 1774

‘Richard Doyle’s Bird’s-Eye Views of Society’

This link leads to the Karen Westendorf’s website about the 19th century illustrator Richard Doyle. It is the result of her MA research project back in 2015. The School of Art holds a series of his illustrations, designed for The Cornhill Magazine in 1861/2. (They are not the original drawings but the printed foldouts as they appeared in the magazine.)

Richard Doyle’s Bird’s-Eye View of Society

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At Home (example of Richard Doyle’s Bird’s-Eye Views of Society)  

Exploring SoA Collection 2015

As part of the first year art history module Exploring the School of Art Collections, students have the opportunity to write a small piece for this blog page. This year the group focused on images portraying different narratives be it a myth, fable, a play, a poem or even a historical or biblical account. Each student had the opportunity to choose from a selection of pictures. They only had one week to undertake some research before presenting their drafts. They all worked very hard on these projects so please take the time to view their efforts!

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Exploring SoA Collection 2014

This art history module provides first year students with an opportunity to learn about the varied aspects of the collections held at the School of Art. The course includes two writing workshops where students create a short piece for this blog page. This year the theme was portraiture. Each student had the opportunity to choose from a selection of pictures. They only had one week to undertake some research before presenting their drafts. They all worked very hard on these projects so please take the time to view their efforts!

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Exploring the School of Art Collections – 2013

This first year art history module provides students with an opportunity to develop their writing skills by engaging with varied artworks from the University Collection. Activities include a writing workshop with the aim of creating short pieces of writing for this Museum Blog.

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