Prospects for the Nation

Recent Essays in British Landscape, 1750-1880

Edited by Michael Rosenthal, Christiana Payne, and Scott Wilcox

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October 20, 1997
336 pages, 7 x 10
116 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300063837

Published for the Paul Mellon Center for Studies in British Art

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.

Michael Rosenthal is Senior Lecturer in History of Art at the University of Warwick. Christiana Payne is Senior Lecturer in History of Art at Oxford Brookes University. Scott Wilcox is Associate Curator for Prints and Drawings at the Yale Center for British Art.

"There is an excellent historical overview of the American landscape movement and a very useful bibliography."—Judith Bumpus, The Art Book

"From beginning to end, this volume provides ideologically fresh, imaginative material about the geography of place, the formation of regional identities, strategies of viewing, and the integration of these and other factors into the construction of British landscape."—Susan P. Casteras, Albion

Papermaking and the Art of Watercolor in Eighteenth-Century Britain
Paul Sandby and the Whatman Paper Mill

Theresa Fairbanks Harris and Scott Wilcox, with essays and

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Sun, Wind, and Rain
The Art of David Cox

Scott Wilcox

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John Brett
Pre-Raphaelite Landscape Painter

Christiana Payne

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The English Prize
The Capture of the Westmorland, An Episode of the Grand Tour

Edited by María Dolores Sánchez-Jáuregui Alpañés and Scott

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Bruce Davidson/Paul Caponigro
Two American Photographers in Britain and Ireland

Jennifer A. Watts and Scott Wilcox

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Studies in British Art
From William Morris
Building Conservation and the Arts and Crafts Cult of Authenticity, 1877-1939

Edited by Chris Miele

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After Sir Joshua
Essays on British Art and Cultural History

Richard Wendorf

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The Evolution of English Collecting
The Reception of Italian Art in the Tudor and Stuart Periods

Edited and introduced by Edward Chaney

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Notorious Muse
The Actress in British Art and Culture 1776–1812

Edited by Robyn Asleson

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Those Delightful Regions of Imagination
Essays on George Romney

Edited by Alex Kidson

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