Spectacular Flirtations

Viewing the Actress in British Art and Theater, 1768-1820

Gill Perry

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March 19, 2008
248 pages, 9 x 11
85 b/w + 50 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300135442
Cloth

Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

During the Georgian period there was a remarkable proliferation of seductive visual imagery and written accounts of female performers. Focusing on the close relationship between the dramatic and visual arts at this time, this beautiful and stimulating book explores popular ideas of the actress as coquette, whore, celebrity, muse, and creative agent, charting her important symbolic role in contemporary attempts to professionalize both the theatre and the practice of fine art. Gill Perry shows how artists such as Gainsborough, Reynolds, Hoppner or Lawrence produced complex images of female performers as fashion icons, coquettes, dignified queens or creative artists. The result is a rich interdisciplinary study of the Georgian actress.

Gill Perry is professor of art history at the Open University.

"A visual treat."—Art Times

"A fascinating angle on this historical period, with a plethora of illustrations, many in color, this book satisfies all scholarly requirements while still bieng a good read. It is highly recommended for women's studies, theater, and the visual arts collections in university, special, and large public libraries."—Library Journal

"This handsomely illustrated, well-written book should find a wide readership. Essential."—Choice

“…a rich interdisciplinary study of the Georgian actress…complementing existing studies on issues of gender difference within art history and visual culture.” - Sarah Moulden, Burlington Magazine
ADDITIONAL MATERIALS

Themes in Contemporary Art

Edited by Gill Perry and Paul Wood

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Academies, Museums and Canons of Art

Edited by Gill Perry and Colin Cunningham

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