Looking for paradise

Looking for paradise 2011

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In the first episode of a series exploring the history of American art, Andrew Graham-Dixon embarks on an epic journey from east to west, following in the footsteps of the pioneers who built the foundations of modern America. He travels to Massachusetts to see the earliest portraits in America depicting the Puritan settlers and visits Pennsylvania touncover the dark truth behind Benjamin West's most famous painting, the Treaty of Penn with the Indians. In Philadelphia, he turns the pages of one of the world's most expensive books - John James Audubon's Birds of America, and explores the wilderness that inspired the great landscape painter, Thomas Cole. Andrew also uncovers the destruction of the unique cultural heritage of Native Americans by European settlers. His journey takes us to the end of the 19th century and the announcement that the era of westward expansion was officially over.

Item Type: Off-air recording
Title: Looking for paradise
Transmission date: 15 November 2011
Channel: BBC4
Running time: 60 minutes
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Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2012 15:05
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2013 20:41
Additional Information: This recording is to be used only for educational and non-commercial purposes under the terms of the ERA Licence.
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/23578

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