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AH3904 - From Hogarth to Sickert: British Painting and the Theatre (1740 - 1930)

Academic year

2021 to 2022 (Semester 2)

Key module information

SCOTCAT credits


The Scottish Credit Accumulation and Transfer (SCOTCAT) system allows credits gained in Scotland to be transferred between institutions. The number of credits associated with a module gives an indication of the amount of learning effort required by the learner. European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits are half the value of SCOTCAT credits.

SCQF level

SCQF level 9

The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Availability restrictions

Only available to those enrolling on the MA Combined Studies or already enrolled on the MA/BSc General degree taken in the evening.

Planned timetable

Mon 6.30 - 9.30 pm

This information is given as indicative. Timetable may change at short notice depending on room availability.

Module coordinator

Dr W W Rough

This information is given as indicative. Staff involved in a module may change at short notice depending on availability and circumstances.

Module Staff

Dr W Rough

This information is given as indicative. Staff involved in a module may change at short notice depending on availability and circumstances.

Module description

As Walter Sickert famously stated in 1934: The influence between brush and mask has at the best periods been reciprocal. This relationship, between painting and the theatre, has a long and productive history in British Art and Theatre History. From Hogarth's David Garrick as Richard III (1745) to Sickert's merging of tradition and the modern in his Shakespearean portraits of the 1930s, we will explore this interrelationship through a series of works by artists such as Joshua Reynolds, Henry Fuseli, John Everett Millais and Lawrence Alma-Tadema, amongst others. In addition, through inspiration from theatre productions and artist's set designs for the theatre we will explore how the theatre used artists and their works as inspiration and guidance in their productions. Simultaneously, through an analysis of theatre productions and artworks, we will investigate and discuss just how these artists reveal the changing social, cultural and artistic concerns of their day.

Relationship to other modules


Before taking this module you must pass AH2901 and pass AH1901

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews

Coursework = 100%

As defined by QAA

Written examinations = 0%
Practical examinations = 0%
Coursework = 100%

The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) have compiled/developed an indicative list of learning and teaching methods:
  • Written: Is included in this category any assessment done under exam conditions (exams during diets, class tests) that do not involve the use of practical skills.
  • Practical: Are included in this category oral assessment and presentation as well as practical skills assessed in situ (in a classroom or laboratory for instance). Performances in the performing arts context are also classed as practical assessment.
Further details can be found on the QAA website.


Coursework = 100%

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact

1 x 3-hour session, lecture and tutorial (x 13 weeks), optional office hour (x 13 weeks), 1 x 9-hour fieldtrip.

Scheduled learning hours


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Guided independent study hours


The number of hours that students are expected to invest in independent study over the period of the module.