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Classical Celtic: Wales and Scotland in Mediterranean Light

19 September 2014, 10am-5pm (National Museum Cardiff is open for most Bank Holidays, please check prior to your visit to ensure the museum will be open.)
Landscape painting of 'Dinas Bran from Llangollen' by Richard Wilson

Richard Wilson (1714-1782)
Dinas Bran from Llangollen, 1770 to 1771, oil on canvas
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection.

A day-conference jointly organized by the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies and Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales.

The day explores the nature of the domestic tour in Romantic-era Wales and Scotland (1760-1820). How far were tourists’ perceptions of the British past in British landscapes influenced and informed by Classical models and their own experiences of Greece and Rome?

Experts from art history, archaeology, geology, literature and history will discuss the many aspects of tour-writing in this period, focusing on the work of Thomas Pennant of Downing (1726-98), a distant relation of Richard Wilson, whose tours in both countries effectively mapped out many of the routes, sights and responses of subsequent travellers.

Click here for the conference programme and click here for the poster.

This is a free event but we need to know numbers. Please register by 1 September by contacting a.elias@cymru.ac.uk.