Looking at Landscape: Charnwood Museum explores rural Leicestershire in art and history

By Culture24 Staff | 26 January 2011
a pastoral painting showing a group of people walking across fields towards a church
John Fulleylove, Path to the Village of Tilton on the Hill© Leicestershire County Council
Exhibition: Looking at Landscape, Charnwood Museum, Leicestershire, until April 10 2011

Landscape painting inspired by the gentle rolling hills of the rural English Midlands is the focus of a new exhibition at Charnwood Museum.

Looking at Landscape reflects the way that people have looked at, interpreted, recorded and used the Leicestershire landscape throughout history - in both artistic and scientific ways.

Items on display include prints, maps, photos and paintings together with objects from Leicestershire County Council’s topographical collections. Visitors will encounter every possible view of the landscape, from artistic impressions to modern aerial photography.

a painting of a mill next to river
George Samuel Elgood (1851 – 1943), Syston Mill© Leicestershire County Council
Familiar views culled from the County’s fine painting collection include a view of the beautiful village of Wymeswold courtesy of contemporary watercolourist Chris Bates.

The industrial area of Syston Mill is captured by Leicestershire artist George Samuel Elgood (1851 – 1943) in the more pastoral era of 1874.

By contrast, Path to the Village, by late Victorian artist John Fulleylove (1845 – 1908), offers a perfect vision of bucolic harmony at Tilton on the Hill - a village that remains little changed today.  
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