The prospect far and wide: an eighteenth-century drawing of Langley Bush and Helpston’s unenclosed countryside

Waites, Ian (2009) The prospect far and wide: an eighteenth-century drawing of Langley Bush and Helpston’s unenclosed countryside. John Clare Society Journal, 28 . pp. 5-22. ISSN 1356-7128

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Abstract

This article presents and examines Waites's discovery of the only known artistic/visual representation of the unenclosed countryside around Helpston, Northamptonshire, a drawing entitled 'View of Langdyke Bush & Country adjacent taken upon Helpston Heath near the Hedge 29 Aug’t 1721' by the Flemish artist, Peter Tillemans. More remarkably still, the drawing provides us with a direct likeness of one of the most important landmarks described in the work of the nineteenth century poet, John Clare, 'Langley Bush', described in his famous anti-enclosure elegy, ‘Remembrances’.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Landscape, Common land, John Clare, visual art, place, Parliamentar
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V214 English History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V350 History of Art
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Art & Design
ID Code:4049
Deposited By: Ian Waites
Deposited On:20 Jun 2011 16:40
Last Modified:05 Dec 2013 10:12

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