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Gothic Art (from the Gothic MOOC)

Posted by Peter Lindfield on August 08, 2016 in Peter Lindfield tagged with , , , , , , , ,

These four videos mark the conclusion of the AHRC-funded MOOC at Stirling on eighteenth-century Gothic across the arts. The videos examine the multifaceted expressions of the Gothic aesthetic in the visual arts. You will also find a concluding message from Dale Townshend and myself at the bottom of this page. If you have any questions regarding the videos, the content, material, or ideas presented in these or any of our MOOC's sections available on the Gothic Imagination website, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us. From September 2016 Dale Townshend will be contactable at

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Writing Britain’s Ruins: Word and Image

Posted by Peter Lindfield on May 09, 2016 in Blog, Peter Lindfield tagged with , , , , , ,

Ruins were important in the Georgian period — one would, for example, encounter them whilst traversing the British countryside, as is still the case today. Ruins were also a central facet of that great Georgian cultural experience — the Grand Tour of the Continent. As we can see from John Richard’s The Colosseum from 1779, the architectural ruins from antiquity were both of academic and picturesque interest to the spectators in the fore- and middle-ground. This image celebrates the still monumental, though mouldering, colosseum and triumphal arch.     Aristocrats,



Posted by Dr David Annwn Jones on November 09, 2015 in News tagged with , , , , ,

    On the eve of two major exhibitions of his work, one of the America’s most celebrated calligraphers has produced Mary Shelley's Elisions,  a stunning tribute to next year’s Bicentennial Celebration of Mary Shelley’s creativity and her famous sojourn at the Villa Diodati. Michael Gullick has written that Thomas Ingmire is ‘a visionary artist. His work provokes inquiry into fundamental questions about reading and seeing. As Ingmire’s work has become more abstract and taken greater risks, it has become more precise in the clarity and literacy of its expression.

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Gothic at the Gott 3 – Dark Corridors

Posted by Dr David Annwn Jones on May 30, 2015 in Uncategorized tagged with , , , , ,

They lived for days at a time in the little universe of the engravings for Strange’s book – and these were very odd things indeed. They showed great corridors built more of shadows than any thing else. Dark openings in the walls suggested other corridors so that the engravings appeared to be of the inside of a labyrinth […] There were drawings of a vast dark moor This is a description of Minervois and Forcalquier’s dark Piranesi-inspired engravings from Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (2004), the TVseries version of which is currently airing on the BBC: http:



Posted by Dr David Annwn Jones on May 07, 2015 in Blog tagged with , , , , , , , ,

  The literary Gothic did not emerge ex nihilo; rather it drew on well-established cultural meanings and    a long-standing interest in the Gothic which were developed largely within the antiquarian traditions. I’d like to place Rosemary Sweet’s compelling observation at the head of this post about the Gothic and the new Gott Collection at the Hepworth Gallery. It is a statement which is consistently borne out in the study of this fine collection of engravings and watercolours. I’d also like to thank Dale Townshend here for his kind invitation to make this exciting resourc

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Fix your eyes: the drawings of Scottish artist Fiona Michie

Posted by fionamichie on March 08, 2013 in Blog tagged with ,

I believe my love of the gothic began in Alvah. My childhood home in the middle of the Aberdeenshire countryside. We lived in an old school house called Linhead, that sat next to the derelict School. I even remember the night my parents and I went to view the house. A small old lady answered the door, then took us through a dimly lit hallway into the living room. The place seemed so big and dark and as I sat next to the roaring coal fire, casually listening to the lady talk about the house, I knew there was something special about Alvah. My two older brothers and I would often play in t