Jessica Fay

University of Bristol

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Jessica Fay - University of Bristol

I work on Romantic literature, with a particular focus on the poetry of William Wordsworth. I have a special interest in Wordsworth’s relationship with the amateur artist and co-founder of the National Gallery, Sir George Beaumont. I am a contributor to the Trusted Source project.

A hiker taking in the sunset at Wasdale Head, Cumbria

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A River Landscape with Jacob and Laban and his Daughters, by Claude Lorrain, 1654

What is the picturesque?

The picturesque is an aesthetic category developed in the eighteenth-century. It was associated with fashionable landscape gardening, however its cultural significance extended far beyond this.

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