10 December 2009

Landslides in Art Part 3

Posted by Dave Petley

This is the latest in my occasional series on the depiction of landslides in art. The previous parts of this series are here:
Part 1
Part 2

Today I turn to a classic painting from the 19th Century, painted by Lord Frederic Leighton, entitled “On the Coast, Isle of Wight”:

This oil sketch, which hangs in the National Gallery in London, shows a stretch of the Isle of Wight coastline in southern England. The view is from Ventnor looking towards the west towards Saint Lawrence. The coast here is a famous area of landslides known as The Undercliff – the landslide morphology is clearly visible in the painting.