Edward Pugh of Ruthin 1763-1813

A Native Artist

Author(s): John Barrell

Language: English

Genre(s): History Welsh Interest

Series: Wales and the French Revolution

  • March 2013 · 384pages · 276x219mm

  • ·Hardback - 9780708325667
  • ·Paperback - 9780708325674

About The Book

Edward Pugh (1763-1813) was a Ruthin-born, Welsh-speaking artist and writer who produced compelling landscapes images of Denbighshire in particular and, more widely of North Wales, Monmouthshire and London. He also wrote what is probably the best account of a tour in Wales ever written: it is far superior to Borrow's. This book, the first to consider Pugh's work in detail, shows how his landscapes reveal a wealth of local knowledge, and dramatise some issues of great importance to Wales in his time: the effects of the enclosure of common land; the effects of the war with France on industry and the condition of the poor; the need to develop and modernise the Welsh economy; the power of the great landowners. Apart from Pugh's, almost all the pictures and tours we have of late eighteenth and early nineteenth century North Wales were made by English artists and writers. None of these can tell us about life in North Wales with the same insight as Pugh.


"This volume on the work of Edward Pugh comes from the pen of an experienced and highly talented author. Since his first, classic publication on the poetry of John Clare in 1972, John Barrell has shown readers of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature that texts must not be read in generic isolation from the totality of the culture--social, political, economic, artistic, literary--that surrounds them. Now, his particular gift for 'reading' pictures comes to the fore in a book that adds visual art to the wide range of genres explored in the Wales and the French Revolution series."--Ceridwen Lloyd Morgan, National Library of Wales


Introduction 1 Foel-Famma, from Careg Carn March Arther 2 Llanfwrog, Ruthin, and Llanbedr 3 Bathafern Hills from Coedmarchan Rocks 4 Pont-Newydd over the Ceirw near Corwen 5 A Fall on the Dee, near the Vale of Crucis 6 Pen-y-Lan, across the Dee 7 Modern Leisure in Modern London 8 Cambria Depicta: the History of the Book 9 Cambria Depicta: the People, the Past and the Present 10 Cambria Depicta: Landscape, the Sublime and the Beautiful Notes

About the Author(s)

John Barrell

John Barrell is Professor of English at Queen Mary University of London.

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