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John Constable, Luke Howard, and the Aesthetics of Climate

Robbins, N; (2021) John Constable, Luke Howard, and the Aesthetics of Climate. The Art Bulletin , 103 (2) pp. 50-76. 10.1080/00043079.2021.1847578.

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Abstract

In early nineteenth-century Britain, the painter John Constable and meteorologist Luke Howard experimented with new aesthetic forms in response to the challenges climate posed to representation. In landscape paintings, sketches, tables, and graphs, the artist and scientist grappled with climate’s temporal scale, which extended beyond the domain of immediate “feeling” associated with landscape representation. Their efforts to construct a stable representation of England’s climate took shape against the polluted atmosphere of industrial, imperial London, and in tandem with the modern state’s disciplinary visuality. In their work, an aesthetics of climate emerged that was responsive to an environment increasingly known through numeric data and abstraction.

Type: Article
Title: John Constable, Luke Howard, and the Aesthetics of Climate
DOI: 10.1080/00043079.2021.1847578
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/00043079.2021.1847578
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of History of Art
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10130497
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