The period between the late sixteenth to the early nineteenth century was one of domestic and international ferment for Great Britain. It began with the threat of invasion by Spain’s mighty Armada and ended with the Royal Navy’s dominance of the seas after the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte’s France. Spanning military, naval, political and social history, as well as three hundred years of visual culture in Great Britain, the course will feature a succession of lectures focussing on a single work of art, or a sequence of such works.
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Lecture 1: Introduction and The Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I
Lecture 2: Representing War: from Versailles to Marlborough
Lecture 3: William Hogarth’s March to Finchley
Lecture 4: A Georgian Panorama
Lecture 5: Turner’s Fighting Temeraire