The Perse School

Paintings, poetry and prose

As part of their coursework task on eighteenth century prose, poetry and drama, a group of Upper Sixth English literature students visited the eighteenth century gallery at The Fitzwilliam Museum.

Here, Mrs Vernon Purvis talked them through some of the key paintings which explore issues and interests in the texts they are studying, including Hogarth’s Before and After, a classic grand tour portrait and Highmore’s four paintings from the Pamela series. The group also visited the Cradled in Caricature exhibition of Hogarth, Gillray and Rowlandson, which presented visual humour in satirical prints and drawings to further enhance students’ appreciation of both the seemly and the unseemly in the eighteenth century imagination.

 
 
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