Experts discuss: Picturing beasts

Survival! A festival of animals in art

Saturday 19 January, 11am–1pm

Sainsbury Wing Theatre

Susan Foister, Nicholas Watkins, Lachlan Goudie, Christine Riding

£30/£27.50 conc./£25 Members & Patrons/£10 Students

Discover how 18th- and 19th-century artists transcended the boundaries of animal painting

Explore sublime images of the awe-inspiring and destructive power of animals in the wild and reflect on what these paintings mean to us today.


Chair: Susan Foister, Director of Public Programmes and Partnerships

Christine Riding, Head of Arts and Curator of the Queen’s House at the Royal Museums Greenwich introduces the importance of animal paintings to 18th-century artists such as Landseer and Stubbs, and discusses how these paintings reflect interests around colonialism, national identity, and the discovery of new lands.

Nicholas Watkin, Emeritus Reader in the Department of the History of Art and Film, University of Leicester discusses how the galloping horse became a metaphor for speed, change and technical progress in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Art historian and presenter Lachlan Goudie discusses the significance of Landseer’s Monarch of the Glen and ideas of Scottish identity, both in Landseer’s day and now.

Image above: Detail from Jean-Louis-André-Théodore Géricault,  A Horse frightened by Lightning, about 1813–14