A Companion to British Art: 1600 to the Present, 1st Edition

  • Editor: Dana Arnold, David P. Corbett
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  • ISBN-10: 1118313763
  • ISBN-13: 9781118313763
  • DDC: 709.41
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 588 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released June 2013
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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Over the last two decades, British art of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries has been one of the most lively and innovative areas of art-historical study. In response to this surge of interest in the field, this collection of newly commissioned essays by leading scholars provides a comprehensive introduction to British art history, from 1600 to the present. The book is organized thematically to present in depth the major preoccupations that have emerged from recent scholarship in British Art. These include aesthetics, gender, modernity, nationhood, and nationality, and the institutions of the British art world. Illustrated throughout and combining original research with a survey of the current state of the field, A Companion to British Art provides a much-needed resource for students, teachers, and researchers alike.



  • Dana Arnold
  • David P. Corbett

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Wiley-Blackwell Companions to Art History.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
List of Illustrations.
Notes on Contributors.
1: Editors’ Introduction.
2: General.
3: The “Englishness” of English Art Theory.
4: Modernity and the British.
5: English Art and Principled Aesthetics.
6: Institutions.
7: “Those Wilder Sorts of Painting”: The Painted Interior in the Age of Antonio Verrio.
8: Nineteenth-Century Art Institutions and Academies.
9: Crossing the Boundary: British Art across Victorianism and Modernism.
10: British Pop Art and the High/Low Divide.
11: When Attitudes Became Formless: Art and Antagonism in the 1960s.
12: Nationhood.
13: Art and Nation in Eighteenth-Century Britain.
14: International Exhibitions: Linking Culture, Commerce, and Nation.
15: Itinerant Surrealism: British Surrealism either side of the Second World War.
16: 55° North 3° West: A Panorama from Scotland.
17: Retrieving, Remapping, and Rewriting Histories of British Art: Lubaina Himid’s “Revenge”.
18: Landscape.
19: Defining, Shaping, and Picturing Landscape in the Nineteenth Century.
20: Theories of the Picturesque.
21: Landscape into Art: Painting and Place-Making in England, c. 1760–1830.
22: Landscape Painting, c. 1770–1840.
23: Landscape and National Identity: The Phoenix Park Dublin.
24: Men and Women.
25: The Elizabethan Miniature.
26: “The Crown and Glory of a Woman”: Female Chastity in Eighteenth-Century British Art.
27: Serial Portraiture and the Death of Man in Late-Eighteenth-Century Britain.
28: Virtue, Vice, Gossip, and Sex: Narratives of Gender in Victorian and Edwardian Painting.