• Through Wales in the Footsteps of William Gilpin: Illustrated Travel Accounts by Early French Tourists, 1768–1810

    Author(s):
    Rita Singer (see profile)
    Date:
    2019
    Group(s):
    English Literature, Global & Transnational Studies, Literary theory
    Subject(s):
    Book studies, French studies, Intermediality, Romantic studies, Travel, Travel literature
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    France, illustrated books, Picturesque, Wales
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/02x8-ks82
    Abstract:
    Taking the development of picturesque tourism in Wales since the publication of William Gilpin’s Observations on the River Wye (1782) as point of departure, this article examines three Anglophone illustrated travel accounts by French tourists during the Romantic period, focusing on the co-occurrence of text and images as they may confirm, destabilize, or even contradict each other. The diachronic approach to these early illustrated travel accounts uncovers the adaptation of aesthetic ideas and ideals across national borders and their subsequent influence on interpretations and representations of Wales. The article shows how French tourists utilized different aspects of the picturesque to demonstrate their aesthetic education or political affiliations, or to criticize social injustices.
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