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Determining the accuracy of historical landscape paintings


Farag-Miller, M and Miller, K and Kirkpatrick, JB, Determining the accuracy of historical landscape paintings, Geographical Research, 51, (1) pp. 49-58. ISSN 1745-5863 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2012 Institute of Australian Geographers

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1745-5871.2012.00763.x


Historical landscape paintings are widely used to reconstruct past environments. However, artists did not necessarily fully depict reality, many exercising license to relocate and remould features. This paper applies photogrammetric techniques to the problem of determining the accuracy of artistic depictions of landscapes. Four 19th century paintings of Hobart, Tasmania, Australia by different artists were used to test the methods. The artists varied in their accuracy, with Frankland, the surveyor, being the most accurate, and Glover, the romantic professional artist, being the least accurate. This variation suggests that the use of paintings for historical reconstructions and measurements of historic features should be preceded by an accuracy assessment.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:accuracy, Hobart, landscape painting, landscape reconstruction, 19th century, photogrammetry
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Conservation and biodiversity
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Australia's past
UTAS Author:Farag-Miller, M (Mrs Madiha Farag-Miller)
UTAS Author:Miller, K (Dr Keith Miller)
UTAS Author:Kirkpatrick, JB (Professor James Kirkpatrick)
ID Code:87212
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2013-11-11
Last Modified:2017-11-14

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