Sublime Sites

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


DH photo #250Welcome 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 launched in October 2013 and is in the process of publishing its first articles. I have constructed a couple of background pages  – follow the links at the left to ‘Introduction’ and ‘About the author’. I will be adding further background pages giving something of my perspective on the artists in whom I’m principally interested. There will be J M W Turner, John Sell Cotman and John Ruskin for certain, and no doubt others will follow in due course.

I will be posting regular articles exploring places associated with Turner, Ruskin and Cotman. Some pieces will respond to current exhibitions and publications, others will report from ongoing research projects and others will draw material out of an extensive archive of unpublished material that I have accumulated over the years. The first substantial article is a piece exploring Turner’s work at Sisteron in the southern French Alps.

Another article is a report on a recent field visit to the Arnside and Silverdale area of the Southern Lakes. Turner went there in 1816, and was clearly impressed by the light-filled sands of the Kent Estuary and Morecambe Bay.

Recently I have been working on some of the wonderful pencil sketches of John Sell Cotman in the collection of Leeds City Art Gallery. Look out for material reporting on that in the near future..

Please explore the material here.  If there’s anything here worth quoting then a citation is always best practice. In this case ‘David Hill:’ together with the article title and date of posting would enable an interested reader to find the original. Please let me know what you think about the site or the material on it through the comments, and add further information where you think it would be helpful. If you would like to be alerted when new articles appear, do please click ‘Follow me’, and I hope that material will be forthcoming on a reasonably regular basis.  I should say however, that if you are are addicted to 24hr newsfeeds, this will not be the place for you! And I’m not making any promises beyond that..

7 comments on “Welcome

  1. click
    November 22, 2013

    I am curious to find out what blog system you are using?
    I’m experiencing some minor security problems with my latest blog and I’d
    like to find something more safe. Do you have any solutions?

    • davidhill36
      November 22, 2013

      Thank you for your interest. This is WordPress. The links are right at the bottom of the page. DH

  2. press here
    November 24, 2013

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts about basic life support.

  3. Mary Prince
    August 2, 2014

    Wonderful blog Mr. H – I do hope you never cease in your explorations!

  4. Tricia
    April 7, 2019

    You’re so awesome! I don’t think I’ve read through a single thing
    like that before. So good to discover somebody with a
    few unique thoughts on this issue. Really.. thank you for starting this up.

    This website is one thing that is required on the web, someone with a bit of originality!

    • Professor David Hill
      April 8, 2019

      Thank you for the encouragement!
      Please share a link with anyone that might be interested, but I fear there there might be some danger of your overselling me!

  5. Duncan Harrington
    January 9, 2020

    Dear David, Thank you for the link and the interesting material on Twopenny. I don’t do any social media but would be interested in anything further you discover on this fascinating artistic family.

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