It’s freezing outside (and inside – did I mention I’m in a super old, steel boat?) so I thought I’d share some of my favourite winter landscapes from the late 18th Century to help make the cold weather feel a bit more beautiful and a bit less brutal.
At the end of the 17th Century, the European climate took a turn for the worse, growing steadily colder well into the second decade of the 19th Century (the 1810s). A series of major volcanic eruptions in 1809 made matters worse, as the clouds of ash produced partially blocked out the sun. In fact, between 1810-1819 England was the coldest she had been in around 200 years.
However, every cloud has a silver lining (in this case, literally), and this this climate shift encouraged the Romantic movement to experiment with a new genre of art: the winter landscape.