Art and Its Impact: British Painters of the 18th and 19th Centuries

18th and 19th century British painting flourished with the likes of William Turner and John Constable. Recognised and admired to this day, Turner and Constable depicted nature in a completely new way, reflecting changes and developments in 19th century British society. In this course, we will delve into their art, understand their significance in art history, and take a look at other contemporary artistic expressions that appeared at the same time.

Featuring subject matter expert

Nick Pearson
Nick Pearson

Artist, Lecturer, and Art Historian

Nick Pearson is an internationally exhibited contemporary artist, based in London. He teaches on the Foundation Art & Design and BA Graphic Design courses at London College of Contemporary Arts (LCCA), is principle lecturer in art history at Richmond College of Art, and is a regular, occasional lecturer in art history at the University of Oxford.

What are the major differences between JMW Turner and John Constable?

Turner gave the public what they wanted from the start. Constable painted what he wanted to paint... but nobody painted clouds like Constable, and nobody painted the sea like Turner.

Course Overview

  • Follow the art of William Turner, John Constable, and the Pre-Raphaelites, to gain an understanding of British art history.
  • Review John Constable's influence on the French Barbizon School, French Impressionism, and art of the 20th century.
  • Witness the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood challenge mainstream artistic conventions while becoming artistic influencers.
  • Determine the influence an art critic can exert through the life and work of John Ruskin.
Course content
  • 6 Full HD Video Lectures
  • Downloadable Course Handouts
  • Knowledge Assessment Quiz
  • Interactive Group Discussion Task
  • Q&A Session with a Subject Matter Expert
  • Certificate of Achievement





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