Art in Context | Lady Scott’s Landscape in a Dark Room

Free admission
About this program

Julie Park will discuss the role of the camera obscura used by Lady Frances Scott as depicted in Paul Sandby's landscape painting Roslin Castle, Midlothian (ca. 1780) and the dynamics of interiority and looking that it mediates. Park chose a detail from this painting for the cover of her recent monograph My Dark Room, which explores the camera obscura as a paradigm for the designs and experiences of interiority in eighteenth-century England's spaces of the built environment.

About Julie Park

Julie Park is Paterno Family Librarian for Literature and professor of English at Pennsylvania State University. She is the author of My Dark Room (2023) and The Self and It (2009). 


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Art in Context

Presented by faculty, staff, student guides, and visiting scholars, these gallery talks focus on a particular work of art in the museum’s collections or special exhibitions through an in-depth look at its style, subject matter, technique, or time period.

Top image
Paul Sandby, Roslin Castle, Midlothian, ca. 1780, gouache on paper, mounted on board, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection