Introduced by Dr Amy Frost, this tour will discuss the origin and history of the picturesque in the 18th century and the people and ideas behind it; revealing how vital an ideal it was for the development of Bath and how that extended through to the 20th century, and even the modern design of the University of Bath campus itself.
This introduction will be followed by a tour from one of our gallery guides, who will uncover the themes of the exhibition from their own unique perspective, provide information on the artists, RIBA and the featured follies. You’re welcome to ask questions, share your thoughts or simply enjoy learning more about the exhibits.
Our current exhibition, Playing the Picturesque, is an interactive installation which explores boundaries between virtual and physical space. Consisting of a series of scaled folly structures extracted from history and the work of Regency architect John Nash, this exhibition also includes a special commission of Prior Park’s Palladian Bridge created by architectural design studio, You+Pea.
This event is part of The Therapeutic City Festival
Spotlight Tours continue every Wednesday and Saturday, start at 12pm and last around 20 minutes
Dr Amy Frost is the Senior Curator of Bath Preservation Trust, which operates No.1 Royal Crescent, Beckford’s Tower & Museum, the Museum of Bath Architecture and the Herschel Museum of Astronomy. She specialises in British architecture of the eighteenth and early nineteenth century and is an expert on the life and aesthetics of the British collector and writer William Beckford (1760-1844). Amy is a part-time Teaching Fellow at the University of Bath, School of Architecture