Monday, 16 March 2015

Rural Retreat

Illustrated with images from Peter Henry Emerson's Pictures of East Anglian Life, 1888.
Such as In the Barley Harvest in collection of NMM.

We discussed :
“The pictures of Thomas Faed R.A., usually speak of a life tranquil and content, of a conscience at ease, of a home made happy, of a peasantry industrious, honest, dutiful, true to the domestic affections, simple cottagers who never break into ambitious rebellion against the lot assigned to them by Providence.”ART JOURNAL 1871

“Few sights are more pleasing and exhilarating than the groups of reapers and mowers who are now to be met with in all the lanes and roads around a country village, just as the light fades into darkness, or gives way before the clear and mellowed lustre of the harvest- moon, returning merrily, if wearily home, after their long day's work. Their sunburnt faces still more highly coloured by heat, and it may be by beer likewise, wear a happy and good-humoured look at this season, which is not always to be found on them. They wish you good-night as they pass, in a franker and more friendly tone than usual. And these signs of human joy, combined with all the evidence of plenty lying round about one, enable a man, for the moment, to cheat himself into a real belief in the superiority of rural felicity. “
From Anon, Harvest Cornhill Magazine 1865

John Robertson Reid A Country Cricket Match 1878
John Robertson Reid Toil and Pleasure 1879
and paintings by George Clausen.

Read
Jacobs, M., 1985. Good and Simple Life: Artist Colonies in Europe and America, Phaidon Press Ltd, Oxford.
Lubbren, 2001. Rural Artists Colonies in Europe 1870-1910. Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, NJ.

Metroland
Tudorbethan
The Voysey House, Chorleywood: The Orchard, Shire Lane.
Betjeman on BBC Iplayer.
Metroland old BBC video on Vimeo

Garden Village
Sir Ebenezer Howard 1850-1928
Garden City : “splendid possibilities of a new civilisation based on service to the community.”
Saw the suburb (Metroland) as a compromised alternative simply causing further city expansion.
1902: “To-Morrow: A Peaceful Path to Real Reform”, later titled “Garden Cities of Tomorrow”

Hellerau, near Dresden, founded in 1909.
Hermann Muthesius and Deutscher Werkbund
Also A. S. Neill.

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