This preceded for me a trip on Monday to the Tate. I had intended on this occasion only to go to A Picture of Britain, but as there was a discount for a joint ticket with the Joshua Reynolds: The Creation of Celebrity I opted for both. The landscapes were definitely worthwhile; I enjoyed "the Romantic North", which had a number of recognised places considerably changed in the last 200 years (Bamburgh Castle, whose outer walls have been reconstructed into Victorian flats, and the Lake District, which has suffered overforestation by the Forestry Commission and flooding by Manchester Corporation for reservoirs). Also interesting was an uncharacteristically light Atkinson Grimshaw painting of the Bowder Stone in Borrowdale. Other sections were also enjoyable, from the stylistic war art of Paul Nash and patriotic poster campaigns of the wartime periods, through to Eric Revilious' intriguing depiction of Uffington White Horse. A couple of caricatures were also included in an imaginitevly interpreted thematic exhibition that ought to overshadow its companion TV series.
I was less taken by the Joshua Reynolds exhibition, though that's not to say it was bad: just not so much to my taste. There were some interesting stories around eighteenth century society and scandal, though; and a portrait of a child in fancy dress, in the pose of Holbein's portrait of Henry VIII, was entertaining.