Painting in Steam

How did the atmospheric pollution of steam-powered modernity shape visual perception and artworks in the early decades of the Industrial Revolution? How can we read artworks for both narrative and formal responses to climatic pollution? To what extent were the aesthetics of steam and pollution synonymous with the emergence of modern visual culture in nineteenth-century Britain? This afternoon-long event co-sponsored by the CEE and the School of Art History brings together scholars from Britain and France to present their research and host a discussion.



Dr Sarah Gould (Sorbonne – Paris I): Ecopoetics of Pollution in Nineteenth Century Painting

Dr Nicholas Robbins (UCL): The Coal Powered Image



Collaborative Annotation Session: Pollution and Art in Britain’s Museums.


School 6 (UCO)

All Welcome, reception to follow event.


Not in St Andrews? This event will now be livestreamed. Register for online attendance here.


Apr 11 2024


2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


School VI
United College, St Andrews