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English school



English school, dominant school of painting in England throughout the second half of the 18th century and the first half of the 19th. Its establishment marked the rise of a national tradition that began with the emergence of native artists whose works were no longer provincial but rivaled continental art in quality and ended by exercising considerable influence on the course of European painting.

William Hogarth, a London painter and engraver, was an early representative of the English school and the first modern English master. Hogarth worked in the playful, elegant Rococo style of contemporary French art but perfected between 1730 and 1750 two new, peculiarly British forms: a type of genre painting, the “modern moral subject”, which satirized contemporary life and manners with a highly narrative approach, and the small-scale group portrait, or “conversation piece.”

Hogarth, William: Morning

Hogarth, William: Morning. Morning, oil on canvas, part of the Marriage a la Mode series by William Hogarth, 1743–45; in the National Gallery, London. National Gallery, London/Super Stock

English full-scale portraiture was revitalized by two painters, Sir Joshua Reynolds and Thomas Gainsborough. Reynolds introduced the “Grand Manner” into English portraiture, using an extensive repertory of poses derived from Italian art in his strongly characterized portraits. His theoretical “Discourses,” delivered yearly to Royal Academy students, were the single most important influence on subsequent English art. Gainsborough, who never left England, nevertheless produced a Rococo lyricism not evident in Reynolds’s work, revealing a light, fluid technique, delicate colouring, and a sensitivity to character that surpassed Reynolds’s own.

Mrs. Graham, oil on canvas by Thomas Gainsborough, c. 1777; in the National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh.

Mrs. Graham, oil on canvas by Thomas Gainsborough, c. 1777; in the National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh. Courtesy of the National Galleries of Scotland

The 18th-century Scottish-born painter Gavin Hamilton was an early practitioner of historical painting, but that genre was seldom successfully attempted by English artists in the 18th century. Nevertheless, Benjamin West and John Singleton Copley, two American-born painters, gained impressive reputations in England with their innovative, if largely uninspired, depictions of current history. Genre painting flourished with such notable artists as George Morland, Joseph Wright, and the animal painter George Stubbs.

Copley, John Singleton: Watson and the Shark

Copley, John Singleton: Watson and the Shark. Watson and the Shark, oil on canvas by John Singleton Copley, 1778; in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Ferdinand Lammot Belin Fund, 1963.6.1

The early phase of the English school also included the beginning of the English landscape tradition, the founder of which was Richard Wilson. Applying the Classical principles of clarity and order to the depiction of the English countryside, Wilson contributed a delicate sense of light and distance and a grandeur of design to the English tradition. Though the bulk of his work was portraiture, Gainsborough was also a master of landscape and treated it with the same light touch that characterizes his portraits.

Before the turn of the 19th century, the spirit of Romanticism had begun to grow in England, and it remained dominant in English art until the mid-19th century. Among the enduring works produced are the visionary drawings of the poet William Blake and the portraits of Sir Thomas Lawrence and Sir Henry Raeburn.

The flowering of English Romantic art, however, came with the work of England’s two greatest landscapists, J.M.W. Turner and John Constable. Both artists built on the tradition of Wilson and Gainsborough, as well as on the works of earlier continental painters, but they developed their mature styles with complete disregard for convention and according to their own very different personalities. Turner expressed in his highly poetic art a troubled search for peace in nature. His late work approaches abstraction—light dissolves all but the slightest indications of mass, producing pictures of almost disembodied colour. Constable limited himself almost entirely to the countryside of southern England and evolved a profoundly innovative style, characterized by a use of rough, broken touches of colour and of a fresh, bright palette free of the conventional browns within a Classical composition of receding planes. This style was especially suited to capturing the effects of light on the landscape, with which he was particularly concerned. Constable’s influence on European painting was far-reaching, providing considerable inspiration to the French Impressionists.

Rain, Steam, and Speed—the Great Western Railway, oil on canvas by J.M.W. Turner, 1844; in the National Gallery, London.

Rain, Steam, and Speed—the Great Western Railway, oil on canvas by J.M.W. Turner, 1844; in the National Gallery, London. Erich Lessing/Art Resource, New York

After about 1850 the fresh observation and direct approach that had become traditional in the best English art was superseded by a self-conscious revivalism and a concern with involved theory. Though England continued to produce active movements, truly innovative development passed to other centres.



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  1. Painting –
  2. dominant school
  3. rise of a national tradition –
  4. artists
  5. painter  
  6. engraver
  7. representative
  8. contemporary
  9. genre painting
  10.  portraiture –
  11. the depiction of
  12. landscape
  13. the visionary drawings
  14. composition
  15. Revivalism


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  • between 1730 and 1750
  • in the 18th century
  • until the mid-19th century
  • After about 1850


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genre painting

  1. Benjamin West
  2. John Singleton Copley
  3. Gavin Hamilton
  4. Thomas Gainsborough
  5. William Hogarth
  6. Sir Joshua Reynolds
  7. George Morland 
  8. Richard Wilson
  9. Joseph Wright
  10. Sir Henry Raeburn
  11. George Stubbs
  12. William Blake
  13. J.M.W. Turner 
  14. John Constable



  1. England’s two greatest landscapists
  2. the animal painter 
  3. depictions of current history
  4. the “modern moral subject”
  5. the “Grand Manner”
  6. a Rococo lyricism
  7. landscape tradition
  8. early historical painting
  9. the visionary drawings
  10. the portraits


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