Join Art Historian Charlotte Crawley and John Maddison, an Architectural Historian, on a walk in the footsteps of Crome and some of his contemporaries, looking at images of Norwich School paintings and comparing them with those views today.
John Crome was born in 1768 the parish of St. George’s Tombland, in Norwich, where his parents kept a pub. Apprenticed as a sign and coach painter, Crome also worked as an art dealer and picture restorer. In 1803, together with other painter friends, he founded the Norwich Society of Artists. Crome became such a well-known & respected figure in Norwich that hundreds attended his funeral in 1821. This year the bi-centenary of Crome’s death, is being celebrated by a major new exhibition at Norwich Castle - A Passion of Landscape: Rediscovering John Crome.
We shall start at The Castle and then descend to the Market Place – a favourite subject for many Norwich artists. From there, we walk along through the Maddermarket and then down past a hidden architectural gem – St. Lawrence’s Well, just by Stranger’s Hall. After crossing the Wensum we arrive in Coslany, Crome’s 'home patch' for most of his life. Winding our way beside the river we head for New Mills, the location of Crome’s most famous painting, Norwich River - Afternoon. Then we walk through some fascinating narrow streets via St. Michael’s Coslany to the church where Crome worshipped and is buried – St. George’s Colegate. A simple Lunch and loos await us there! (After Lunch there will be an optional opportunity to walk over Fye Bridge and through Tombland, comparing more views, and then back to Castle Meadow.)
The walk is c.1.5 miles, so please wear comfortable footwear. Event hosted by Charlotte Crawley and John Maddison.
|10.15am||Meet at Norwich Castle, outside the main entrance doors|
|12noon||Arrive at St George's Colegate - light lunch|