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Landscape perception - an overview

A picture of Britain
Complete BBC TV Series 2005

Author/Presenter: David Dimbleby

David Dimbleby guides us through the British landscapes and compares contemporary views with the perspective of artists, writers and composers.

The Romantic North
Lake District, Northumberland and Holy Island, Bronte country in West Yorkshire

The Flatlands
Norfolk and Suffolk, the land that inspired John Constable, George Stubbs and Thomas Gainsborough

Highlands and Glens
Edinburgh, Loch Lomond, Glencoe, Kintyre, and some glimpses on Ireland

The Heart of England
Life and landscapes during the Industrial Revolution Manchester, Peak District

The Home Front
Landscapes of Kent, Hampshire and Sussex at risk from invasion and inspiring artists

Mystical West
From Stonehenge in Wiltshire to Cornwall, via Snowdonia in Wales.


Episode 3: Highlands and Glens. DVD BBC 2005

Edinburgh - a romantic city and a centre of early industrialism
Alexander Nasmyth, engineer, town planner, and landscape painter reflected his city's achievements in a series of majestic landscapes which emphasised Scotland's modernity.
Alexander Nasmyth, Edinburgh from The Carlton Hill (1825)
David Wylkie, The Entrance of George IV at Holyrood House (1822)

The Trossachs
The Landscape described by the novels of Walter Scott (Waverley, Rob Roy): "Every valley has its battle, and every stream its song".
George Fennel Robson, Loch Katrine (ca. 1820s)
John Knox, Landscape with a tourist at Loch Katrine (ca. 1820s)
Horatio McCulloch, My Heart's in the Highlands (1860)
Horatio McCulloch, Loch Lomond (1861)
Horatio McCulloch, Loch Katrine (1866)

Glen Coe
Travelling north-west, David Dimbleby visits Glencoe, the site of the infamous 1692 massacre of the MacDonalds by the Campbells.
James Hamilton, The Massacre of Glen Coe (1883-86)

Peninsula of Kentyre
The impressionist McTaggert, born in Kentyre, centres his view on the role humans are playing in nature. He shows the mass emigration of Scots to Ireland and Northern America following the brutal clearances.
William McTaggart, The sailing of the emigrant ship (1895)

The northern Irish painter Paul Henry painted the 'soul of Ireland' amongst the rocks and beaches of Achill Islands.
John Henry, In the West of Ireland (1927-28)
John Henry, Achill Islands (1927-28)
James Humbert Craig, Cushendun Fair (1925-30)