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John Macarthur returns from a research trip in the UK and Belgium

Monday, 9 May 2016

Professor John Macarthur has recently returned from a research trip in the UK and Belgium.

John attended the Architectural Drawings Symposium 2016 convened by the University of Technology Syndey, the Drawing Matter Trust, Victoria and Albert Museum, Courtauld Institute of Art and the Royal Institute of British Architects. The symposium allowed a small group of scholars to directly handle, examine and compare architectural drawings as various as Nicholas Hawksmoor's drawings for Castle Howard to Mike Webb's for Sin City. John spoke on the topographic water colour painting and aquatint printing of Paul Sandby, and how tonal printing of architectural publications was a crucial aspect of the dissemination of the picturesque.

John also spoke on the current ATCH Discovery Project on art and architecture at Leeds Beckett University at the invitation of former colleague Andrew Wilson. At Edinburgh University and at the Cambre Horta School of Architecture in Brussels he spoke on the concept of ugliness and the anti-aesthetic. John visited partner researcher Wouter Davidts in Antwerp to discuss the art and architecture project.