Prospects for the Nation, Volume 4
Recent Essays in British Landscape, 1750-1880
ISBN10: 0300063830 ISBN13: 9780300063837 Contributors: Payne, Christiana (Editor); Wilcox, Scott (Editor); Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (Corporate Author) Publisher: Paul Mellon Ctr for Studies Published: Sep 1 1997 Pages: 328 Weight: 2.80lbs. Height: 10.50" Width: 7.50" Depth: 1.25" Language: English
This fascinating book provides a picture of the changing state of British landscape studies. Art historians, historians, geographers, and literary scholars discuss a wide range of topics: the role of landscape in the construction of a national identity; tourism and the politics of the picturesque; the relation of scientific observation to naturalistic landscape; and the depiction of rural labor. In so doing, they point up the extent to which scholarship has moved from concerns with individual artists to broader issues of representation and society. The authors challenge a number of orthodoxies in chapters that reconsider the role of women amateurs in landscape painting, recast the notion of John Sell Cotman's genius, explore the imaging of the nation, and examine the development of the history of watercolor painting. With essays by Maxine Berg, Stephen Copley, Stephen Daniels (with Susanne Seymour and Charles Watkins), Elizabeth Helsinger, Andrew Hemingway, Alan Howkins, Charlotte Klonk, Kay Dian Kriz, Anne Pullan, Kim Sloan, Sam Smiles, and the editors, the book is pluralistic in content and multidisciplinary in nature. It not only indicates where matters stand at the moment but suggests directions for future scholarship.