The Romantic Lakes from Wordsworth to Beatrix Potter

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When Daniel Defoe rode through the Lake District in the early 18th century, he described the area as ‘the wildest, most barren and frightful of any that I have passed over in England.’ But for Victorians such as Matthew Arnold and John Ruskin, the Lakes offered a landscape of supreme beauty. How did this change come about? 

In this lecture, Jonathan Bate follows in the footsteps of the 18th-century inventors of the ‘picturesque’ and shows how Wordsworth shaped the vision of his native region, leading to the foundation of the National Trust and the idea of a National Park.

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This event was on Tue, 11 Dec 2018

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Professor Sir Jonathan Bate

Professor of Rhetoric

Professor Bate is Gresham Professor of Rhetoric. He is a British academic, biographer, critic, broadcaster, novelist and scholar. He specialises in Shakespeare, Romanticism and Ecocriticism.

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