The greatest English painting of the Romantic period is that of the landscape-painters Constable and Turner, who are discussed separately, as is Palmer. But during his lifetime Constable’s exclusive attention to English landscape was thought to be a disadvantage, directly to Victorian narrative art. Later Wilkie’s subjects, while remaining those of narrative and genre, became associated with heroic or historical events, as in Chelsea Pensioners Reading the Gazette of the Battle of Waterloo (1817–21) and The Duke of Wellington Writing a Despatch (1836). Wilkie was present in Edinburgh at the celebrated visit of George IV in 1822, and painted The King’s Entrance to Holyrood (1830); his other principal Scottish picture of these years was a subject from the Reformation, The Preaching of John Knox before the Lords of the Congregation, 10 June 1559.


Royal Academy Romantic Period Capitalist Enterprise Venerable Tradition English Landscape 
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