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Richard Wilson Revisited

The lecture on which this article is based was a tercentenary reflection on the eighteenth-century landscape painter Richard Wilson (1713/14–1782). It was occasioned by research for the exhibition ‘Richard Wilson and the Transformation of European Landscape Painting’ and its accompanying catalogue.1 The exhibition was shown at the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut and Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales in 2014. That both museums felt a need to mark this anniversary may not seem surprising. Wilson was a key figure in the development of landscape painting in Britain into an art form that expressed a range of emotion and meaning far beyond the topographical record of place. He was also, of course, the first artist from Wales with a pan-European reputation, and both Cardiff and New Haven hold large collections of his work.

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