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Curious Travellers: Dr Johnson and Thomas Pennant on Tour

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From 5 October 2018

Discover this exhibition on the genre of travel-writing as it emerges in the 18th century through the Scottish and Welsh tours of Thomas Pennant and Samuel Johnson. Uncover through contemporary maps and travel books the complex relationship between these two extraordinarily influential British travel writers, a link seldom explored. Both men, through their writings, sparked a curiosity in their readers, inspiring many of them to undertake similar journeys. Join us now as we follow in their footsteps.

We will have a variety of events to accompany this exhibition, please check out our events page for more details and tickets.


A catalogue of the exhibition is available in our shop.

 

 


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Dr Samuel Johnson’s Greatcoat
Louise Whittles

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From 5 October 2018

For this project, London based artist Louise Whittles, wanted to explore how a particular constructed garment could lead to further thinking about the possible wearer. This may be through an invocation of something that happened to the garment or the wearer.

In preparation, Whittles began initial experimentation with wire netting and fabric to get the structure of the coat. References to the tailoring a greatcoat were taken from illustrations before starting to remake it with the view to encapsulate and embody Johnson. Both Johnson and Bowell had taken greatcoats with them on their tour of the Hebrides, and Johnson’s Dr. Johnson’s personality flows through this interpretation of his coat, particularly in the way it has been molded using wire netting, frozen in time as being blow by the strong Hebridian winds.

Whittles’ piece is on display in the Garrett, to accompany the current exhibition, Curious Travellers:  Dr Johnson and Thomas Pennant on tour.

You can see more of the artist’s work here.

 

Thomas Pennant map of Scotland

Thomas Pennant’s Map of Scotland, 1777. National Library of Scotland

Samuel Johnson's Greatcoat

Dr Samuel Johnson’s Greatcoat
Louise Whittles
2018
Wire netting and fabric with printed lining
Dimensions variable


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