Peder Balke, From Hammerfest, 1851
Source: Wikimedia Commons
On entering the exhibition, the first thing you see is a large map on the wall, reproduced from an 1873 Baedecker on Switzerland, with pins showing locations of the paintings: The Wetterhorn, Lake Lucerne, the Valley of Lauterbrunnen and so on. There are also pin maps of Norway, based on Thomas B. Wilson's 'Handy Guide' to the country of 1888. These reminded me of another thing I've been doing this week: working on the Some Landscapes Timeline and Map. I am still compiling this so the screenshots below represent work in progress. The map shows a selection of places connected to my blog posts - I shall now be able to add a little Google pin on Finnmark. The timeline, similarly, is no more than another way of viewing the blog, but I suppose you could see it as a rather eccentric history of landscape and culture. So far it stretches from Sargon II's park at Ninevah (715 BCE) to Hamish Fulton's Everest ascent (2009). Some of the dates relate to paintings or publications but many involve encounters with landscape: Wang Po at the Pavilion of the Prince of T'eng, Dorothy Wordsworth in Scotland, Olivier Messiaen in Utah, and here, Peder Balke in Finnmark.