Painting the cities

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Painters in Bath


  • In Bath, draughtsmen played on the regular architectural motifs of classical architecture seen from different angles and heights of viewpoint.


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Artists’ views of Edinburgh


  • In Edinburgh, painters emphasised vistas combining the Old Town with the rectilinear New Town.


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London and the painters


  • In London, artists found visual means of rendering the multiple spaces of a metropolis.



Cityscapes (though the word dates from the 20th century) developed as part of landscape painting; they were called “views”. To define the pictorial field of vision, painters used optical devices.