Symposium

A Legacy of Landscape Study

Cosponsored by Oak Spring Garden Foundation and the Yale Center for British Art

The Yale Center for British Art (YCBA) and Oak Spring Garden Foundation (OSGF) share a legacy of landscape study rooted in the collections of Paul and Rachel Lambert “Bunny” Mellon. While the Mellons’ collecting practices differed, they both gathered significant materials in the history of British environments, horticulture, and landscapes. Notable examples include Paul Mellon’s paintings and prints by George Stubbs and J. M. W. Turner and Bunny Mellon’s garden treatises and Humphrey Repton Red Books. From these origins, the YCBA’s extensive collection of British art has encouraged generations of new scholarship on British landscape art, while OSGF has become a leading research institution for the global histories and futures of gardens, landscapes, and plants. Inspired by this legacy of collecting and scholarship, the YCBA and OSGF are hosting a symposium at Yale to bring together new interdisciplinary research on British landscape studies. 

By commingling the diversity of approaches to the histories and depictions of landscapes and environments represented by the two institutions, this symposium aims to generate new scholarly conversation about the intersections of British culture, ecology, and land.

This symposium will be held at the Yale University Art Gallery in the auditorium on December 5–6, 2024

The YCBA will provide travel and accommodations for successful applicants.

For more information, please email sarah.leonard@yale.edu. 

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Jan Siberechts, Wollaton Hall and Park, Nottinghamshire, detail, 1697, oil on canvas, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection