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Facing the Late Victorians: Portraits of Writers and Artists from the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection
     

Facing the Late Victorians: Portraits of Writers and Artists from the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection

by Margaret D. Stetz
 

ISBN-10: 1611493285

ISBN-13: 9781611493283

Pub. Date: 05/01/2007

Publisher: University of Delaware Press

This is a lavishly illustrated volume that offers a new interpretation of the significance of the portrait image during the final decades of the nineteenth century in Britain, using materials drawn from the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection at the University of Delaware. This study highlights the connections between the images of writers' and artists' faces that

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This is a lavishly illustrated volume that offers a new interpretation of the significance of the portrait image during the final decades of the nineteenth century in Britain, using materials drawn from the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection at the University of Delaware. This study highlights the connections between the images of writers' and artists' faces that circulated through the British periodical press, through exhibition spaces in London, and through book publishing, and such late-Victorian cultural obsessions as defining 'genius,' masculinity, femininity, and class status. It focuses in particular on the figure of 'scar Wilde as the writer who best exploited the new market for portraits in advancing his own career, but moves beyond him to look at the broader topic of how and why writers' and artists' faces were idealized, caricatured, and also studied by the general public. It examines, too, the relationship between the circulation of portraits and notions of modernity created through advertising, public relations, and commodification.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611493283
Publisher:
University of Delaware Press
Publication date:
05/01/2007
Pages:
158
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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