Painting the Past: The Victorian Painter and British History


In this unique take on British history, Roy Strong gives us an entertaining and illuminating look at how the Victorians constructed their sense of the past and expressed it through art.

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In this unique take on British history, Roy Strong gives us an entertaining and illuminating look at how the Victorians constructed their sense of the past and expressed it through art.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844130832
  • Publisher: Random House UK
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Pages: 197
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface VII
Part 1 The Century of History
1 A Victorian Vision 3
2 History Writing and History Painting 8
Origins: British History, George William Vertue and William Kent 9
Gothick Picturesque 15
The Creators of the Artist-Antiquarian: Hamilton, West and Copley 28
The Historical Novel: Scott and Others 37
The Triumph of History and History Painting 41
Intimate Romantic: Bonington, Ingres and the 'Style Troubadour' 47
Delaroche and British History 53
The Painters of the Past 55
Past into Present 58
3 The Re-creation of the Past 63
Antiquarianism and the Arts 64
Historic Dress: Strutt, Planche, Fairholt and Others 67
The Faces of the Past: Vertue to Lodge 87
The Historic Interior and Exterior: Henry Shaw and Others 94
Antiquarian into Artist: Nash and Cattermole 100
Artist into Antiquarian 104
4 Decline and Eclipse 107
Part 2 Themes and Obsessions
5 Reliving the Past 113
Our Forefathers 113
Victimized Childhood 120
The Perfect Lady 125
The Lessons of Revolution 140
6 The Victorian Image 162
Notes 168
List of Illustrations 182
Index 186
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