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Britain in the World: Highlights from the Yale Center for British Art

Britain in the World: Highlights from the Yale Center for British Art


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Britain in the World presents highlights from the collection of the Yale Center for British Art. Included alongside iconic works—such as George Stubbs’s Zebra, Sir Joshua Reynolds’s Miss Prue, and J. M. W. Turner’s Dort—are diverse and fascinating objects that range from the Tudor period to the present day.

Featuring work by John Constable, William Henry Fox Talbot, Barbara Hepworth, Chris Ofili, and Yinka Shonibare, this beautifully illustrated book offers a valuable glimpse into the Center’s vast and varied holdings. It also reveals British art as a global phenomenon, shaped and characterized by cultural exchange, exploration, scientific discovery, and, crucially, by the long history of colonialism and empire. This book illustrates the myriad ways in which visible and invisible global connections are present in the visual and material culture of Britain.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300247473
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 09/10/2019
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 1,184,042
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Martina Droth is deputy director of research, exhibitions, and publications and curator of sculpture, and Nathan Flis is head of exhibitions and publications and assistant curator of 17th-century paintings, both at the Yale Center for British Art. Michael Hatt is professor in the History of Art Department at the University of Warwick.

Table of Contents

For Amy Meyers Hilton Als 7

Foreword Martina Droth Nathan Flis Michael Hatt 8

Highlights from the Yale Center for British Art

Unknown artist (English), Helmingham Herbal and Bestiary, ca. 1500 Elisabeth R. Fairman 12

Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues, A Young Daughter of the Picts, ca. 1585 Edward Town 16

Unknown artist, after Lucas de Heere, An Allegory of the Tudor Succession: The Family of Henry VIII, ca. 1590 Lisa L. Ford 20

Attributed to Paul van Somer, A Lady, known as Elizabeth, Countess of Kellie, ca. 1619 Pamela H. Smith 24

Benedetto Gennari, Cleopatra, ca. 1674 Julia Marciari-Alexander 28

Bartholomew Dandridge, A Young Girl with an Enslaved Servant and a Dog, ca. 1725 Mark Aronson Jessica David 32

Louis François Roubiliac, Alexander Pope, 1741 Malcolm Baker 36

Mark Catesby, "An Thymelaea foliis obtusis; Anseri Bassano &c: The Great Booby," 1754 Henrietta McBurney 40

Charles Brooking, Shipping in the English Channel, ca. 1755 Eleanor Hughes 44

Studio of Francis Harwood, Bust of a Man, ca. 1758 Cyra Levenson 48

Richard Wilson, Kew Gardens: The Pagoda and Palladian Bridge, 1762 Joanna Marschner 52

George Stubbs, Zebra, 1763 Samuel Shaw 56

James Bolton, "House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) or Winter Wren …," ca. 1768 Mark Laird 60

Joseph Wilton, Thomas Dawson, first Baron Dartrey (Later first Viscount Cremorne), ca. 1771 Matthew Hargraves 64

Joshua Reynolds, Mrs. Abington as Miss Prue in "Love for Love" by William Congreve, 1771-73 Martin Postle 68

Thomas Gainsborough, Mountain Valley with Figures and Distant Village, 1773-77 Alexander Nemerov 72

James Forbes, "A View of the Ocean, Between the Tropics … ," 1776 Jennifer Tucker 76

Agostino Brunias, Linen Market, Dominica, ca. 1780; A Leeward Islands Carib Family outside a Hut, ca. 1780 Joseph Roach 80

James Forbes, "The Large Indian Bat," 1782 Holly Shaffer 84

John Lightfoot, A Catalogue of the Portland Museum:…, 1786 Jane Wildgoose 88

William Russell Birch, after Richard Wilson, A View in Kew Garden's, 1789 Therese O'Malley 92

Attributed to Gangaram Chintaman Tambat, Utensils, ca. 1790s Edward S. Cooke, Jr. 96

Paul Sandby, A View of Vinters at Boxley, Kent, with Mr. Whatman's Turkey Paper Mills, 1794 Scott Wilcox 100

Joseph Mallord William Turner, Dort or Dordrecht:…, 1818 Gillian Forrester 104

John Constable, Stratford Mill, or The Young Wahonians, 1819-20 Mark Hallett 108

William Darton, The Noble Game of the Elephant and Castle, or Travelling in Asia, 1822 Romita Ray 112

Robert Smith, Inside the Main Entrance of the Parana Qila, Delhi, 1823 Morna O'Neill 116

John Scarlett Davis, The Interior of the British Institution Gallery, 1829 Catherine Roach 120

William Henry Fox Talbot, The Pencil of Nature, 1844-46 Chitra Ramalingam 124

George Chinnery, A View of Victoria, Hong Kong Island, 1846 Alicia Weisberg-Roberts 128

Unknown artist (Indian), Taj Mahal, 1857 Fred Bohrer 132

James Sharpies, The Forge, ca. 3870 Tim Barringer 136

Edward Lear, Kinchinjunga, or Kangchenjunga, from Darjeeling, 1879 Robert McCracken Peck 140

Vanessa Bell, Self-Portrait, ca. 1915 Gillian Beer 144

Constance Stuart Larrabee, Ezenzeleni School for the Blind, printed 1983 Glenn Adamson 148

(Jocelyn) Barbara Hepworth, Biolith, 1948-49 Sarah Victoria Turner 152

Bruce Davidson, Wales, 1965 Bruce Davidson Scott Wilcox 156

Rebecca Salter, K37, 1996 Jules David Prown 160

Sonia Boyce, Isaac Julien, Glenn Ligon, Hew Locke, Chris Ofili, and Carrie Mae Weems Rivington Place Portfolio, 2006-7 Courtney J. Martin 164

Yinka Shonibare MBE (RA), Mrs Pinckney and the Emancipated Birds of South Carolina, 2017 Yinka Shonibare Mbe (Ra) Martina Droth 168

Epilogue John Baskett 172

Acknowledgments 174

Contributors' Biographies 175

Photography Credits 176

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