Nightmare at the Slade: Digging for the Sunrise of Wonder, 1892–4

William Oddie

in Chesterton and the Romance of Orthodoxy

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199582013
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191702303 | DOI:
Nightmare at the Slade: Digging for the Sunrise of Wonder, 1892–4

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This chapter focuses on the years immediately following Chesterton' departure from St Paul's. In the summer of 1892, Chesterton spent a year preparing, in theory, for a course in fine arts and other subjects at University College London. The academic year 1892–3 was the year when Chesterton became a socialist; the next academic year, 1893–4, he began his studies at University College London, in whose buildings the Slade School of Art was housed. Though his formal artistic studies did little to turn him into a real artist, it was at the Slade that he came into contact with current trends in art — particularly as they embodied the principles and intellectual implications of Impressionism. The intellectual atmosphere of the Slade affected him profoundly, in a way which he was always to associate with the ‘morbid’ state of mind into which, intermittently, he fell most intensely during that year.

Keywords: Chesterton; University College London; fine arts; Slade School of Art

Chapter.  18488 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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