Tourism, Landscape, and the Irish Character: British Travel Writers in Pre-Famine Ireland
Picturesque but poor, abject yet sublime in its Gothic melancholy, the Ireland perceived by British visitors during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries did not fit their ideas of progress, propriety, and Protestantism. The rituals of Irish Catholicism, the lamentations of funeral wakes, the Irish language they could not comprehend, even the landscapes were all strange to tourists from England, Wales, and Scotland. Overlooking the acute despair in England’s own industrial cities, these travelers opined in their writings that the poverty, bog lands, and ill-thatched houses of rural Ireland indicated moral failures of the Irish character.
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Through books , paintings , and prints , not to mention instruction in sketching
and watercolor painting , British touring culture developed a well - trained eye for
certain types of scenery . Nothing speaks more clearly of the dominant role of ...
British Travel Writers in Pre-Famine Ireland William Williams. elements of a
painting . As she looked back from a hill , she wrote , “ the winding river with its
handsome bridge , the solitary pillar , the church steeple , the ivy - covered
chapel with ...
By turning the scene into an Italianate painting , she deployed the conventions of
the picturesque to minimize the ... According to Denis Cosgrove , artists generally
included in their picturesque paintings only the “ deserving poor , ” proper ...