Georgian Landscapes HISTART4046

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course examines developments in the landscape arts of the Georgian period, exploring the use and representation of a range of diverse rural and urban landscapes across Hanoverian Britain and including the work of leading landscape architects like William Kent, Capability Brown and Humphrey Repton, influential theorists like William Gilpin, Richard Payne Knight and Uvedale Price, as well as the painters Paul and Thomas Sandby, Thomas Gainsborough, Richard Wilson, and Joseph Wright of Derby.


1 x 1hr lecture; 1 x 1hr seminar per week over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus.  This is one of the Honours options in History of Art and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Available to all students fulfilling requirements for Honours entry into History of Art, and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Honours programme who qualify under the University's 25% regulation.

Excluded Courses





Examination (120 minutes duration) - 50%

Essay (2,000 words) - 40%

Seminar presentation of 10 minutes accompanied by 800 word paper or PowerPoint slides - 10%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ examine developments in the landscape arts in Britain over the course of the long eighteenth century.

■ promote student's acquisition of generic skills of critical and visual analysis, and their knowledge and understanding of an important area of western art and art-historical debate, as a means to support progression to study of art history at Senior Honours level and beyond.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ expound their acquisition of knowledge and skills

■ recognise and comment on individual artists and their works

■ apply knowledge of general artistic and historical trends to both individual artworks and to the characterisation of the period as a whole - Summarising the main trends in the landscape arts of the period

■ identify key arguments in source texts and evaluate them

■ assess the roles of the landscape arts in the articulation of an emergent national identity, and evaluating the impact of social and economic factors on painting, sculpture and the graphic arts during the period in question.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.