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Thomas Hardy at the National Gallery

Join Dr Christina Bradstreet to find out how the art of the National Gallery inspired the writings of Thomas Hardy.

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Between 1862-1867, the young novelist Thomas Hardy regularly visited the Gallery.  While there, he would spend 20 minutes or so studying individual paintings or the works of one artist, and keeping a notebook on schools of paintings. The art he saw captured his imagination for decades to come.

In this talk, Dr Christina Bradstreet discusses some of the National Gallery paintings that inspired scenes in Hardy's novels, from 'Under the Greenwood Tree' to 'Tess of the D'Urbervilles'. Exclusive for Members.

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Dr Christina Bradstreet

Dr Christina Bradstreet is our Courses and Events Programmer. She is the author of ‘Scented Visions: smell in nineteenth-century art’. Her passion is promoting adult engagement with art and art history through innovative teaching approaches, including pioneering work in the field of art and mindfulness.

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