Sublime Sites

Explorations in the footsteps of Turner, Cotman and Ruskin with Professor David Hill


Welcome to Sublime Sites, the web journal of Professor Emeritus David Hill at the University of Leeds, School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies. The site was … Continue reading

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Turner at Brunnen, Lake Lucerne

2018 brings an especially Sublime sighting. On 30 January, Christie’s, New York offers a superb late Turner watercolour of ‘The Lake of Lucerne from Brunnen, with a Steamer’. This is … Continue reading

January 7, 2018 · 2 Comments

Cotman’s Norfolk: #3: St Benet’s Abbey (ii)

This is the second part of an article exploring Cotman’s association with St Benet’s Abbey, Norfolk. In 1811 Cotman committed himself to a major series of etchings of Norfolk antiquarian … Continue reading

March 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Cotman’s Norfolk: #3: St Benet’s Abbey (i)

This is a further instalment in a series that retraces Cotman’s footsteps through his native county of Norfolk. Here we visit the isolated site of St Benet’s Abbey. This stands … Continue reading

March 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

J.M.W.Turner: Ehrenbreitstein from Neuendorf

This article offers a new identification for a watercolour exhibited in the recent ‘Turner et la Couleur’ exhibition at the Hotel de Caumont, Aix en Provence 4 May – 18 … Continue reading

January 11, 2017 · 2 Comments

Update: Turner and Sisteron

One of the Turner highlights of 2016 was Ian Warrell’s splendid exhibition of ‘Turner et la Couleur’ which showed at the Hotel de Caumont, Centre d’Art at Aix en Provence … Continue reading

December 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

In Cotman’s Footsteps through Normandy: #3 Arques la Bataille, near Dieppe

This is the third article in an occasional series exploring Normandy subjects in the Cotman collection at Leeds Art Gallery. In September 2016 I spent the month travelling through Normandy … Continue reading

December 29, 2016 · 1 Comment

In Cotman’s Footsteps through Normandy: #2 Dieppe Castle and Harbour

This is the second of an occasional series of articles that I will post as I work through Cotman’s Normandy subjects at Leeds Art Gallery. In September 2016 I had … Continue reading

October 26, 2016 · Leave a comment