Sentimental Landscapes

Exhibitions and events

Sentimental Landscapes

2015 - 30th September 15

General event

479,001,600 Journeys 

A private collection of rare 19th century 'Endless Landscapes' (Myriorama) is on display for the first time, alongside a newly commissioned interpretation by Guardian cartoonist Tom Gauld. 

Myriorama, or 'Many Thousand Views' consist of numerous cards depicting fragments or segments of landscapes that can be arranged in a multitude of different combinations. This 'entertainment' for young ladies and gentlemen originated in France. The first English version in 1824 was a set of 16 cards which depicted Gothic ruins, castles, cottages, a lighthouse, a man fishing and a gypsy encampment. These landmarks had a backdrop of mountains with islands and a lake to add extra texture and depth.

Whenever the cards were taken out and arranged upon a table, they produced a landscape of harmony which was variable, compatible and satisfying to the user without being geographically identifiable. This first myriorama seems to have been an instant success and many varieties were created to satisfy the demands of the public.

The newly commissioned contemporary myriorama by Tom Gauld has many references to Laurence Sterne's writings and contains incidents and characters that may be familiar to the reader. He has ordered his drawings to allow an almost limitless variety of Sternean encounters to take place.

What a large volume of adventures may be grasped within this little span of life, by him who interests his heart in everything, and who, having eyes to see what time and chance are perpetually holding out to him as he journeyeth on his way, misses nothing he can fairly lay his hands on.

from 'A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy' by Laurence Sterne

Supported by Arts Council England.

Part of 'Art in Yorkshire 2015 supported by the Art Fund' a celebration of visual art in 22 public art galleries throughout Yorkshire. 

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