Landscape Painting and the Agricultural Revolution


24 x 17 cm
118 pp. 24 illus.
Publication: 1984
ISBN 0 907132 17 0
ISBN-13 978 0 907132 17 2

Book Description

The development of landscape painting in England during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries has attracted considerable attention. The art of Gainsborough, Stubbs, Constable, Turner and the Norwich School is accepted as part of the British heritage, and the countryside as depicted by these artists is familiar not only to the specialist, but to most of us today. Nevertheless, this was an artificial landscape, one that had been created by the improving farmers of the period. The changes in the British landscape as a result of the new farming methods introduced by the agricultural revolution of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries is the theme of Dr. Fussell’s study.

The author examines the introduction of the new methods of farming in the seventeenth century, the growing adoption of the new systems that led to the numerous Enclosure Acts of the eighteenth century, the consequent transformation of the countryside, and the growth of demand for landscape painting among the nobility and richer landowners.


  • Introduction
  • The Birth of the Agricultural Revolution, 1660-1750. The Example of Low Countries Farming and Landscape Painting
  • Landscape Change, Landscape Gardening and Painting
  • The Great Age of “Improved Farming and Landscape Art, 1760-1815
  • Postwar to the Repeal of the Corn Laws: the Florescence of Landscape Painting 1815-1850
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Plates

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