Accessing Course Texts During COVID-19

Learn more about the actions Yale University Press is taking.

City of Gold and Mud

Painting Victorian London

Nancy Rose Marshall

View Inside Price: $55.00


April 24, 2012
320 pages, 8 1/2 x 10 1/2
60 color + 160 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300174465
Cloth

Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

London was the quintessential modern city of the 19th century, and its artists were the first to rise to the challenge of depicting the many facets of this new world. From the 1850s to 1900, the city underwent vast changes, resulting in rapid urbanization, a dramatic increase in population, and the creation of dramatic contrasts between the "gold" of its wealth and splendor and the "mud" of its squalor and poverty. Artists sought to make sense of this novel and exciting—but often bewildering—environment in images not only of the pageantry, parks, and rituals of the city but also of its newly visible street types: minstrels and chimney sweeps, street urchins, shoe-black boys, and flower girls.

City of Gold and Mud raises questions about the Victorian metropole in terms of how these popular paintings of modern life portrayed national and imperial identities; relationships of race, class, and gender; and the values, desires, and fears of their makers and users. Nancy Rose Marshall draws on artists' writings, arts criticism, popular poetry, news reports, cartoons, tourist guides, religious tracts, and more to paint a vivid and multifaceted picture of London during this critical time in its economic and artistic development.

Nancy Rose Marshall is an associate professor of art history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“…a handsomely illustrated volume.”—Church Times

“…bewildering and engrossing to read, rather like the experience of London itself.”—Ruth Guilding, World of Interiors

"Sumptuous [and] ambitious… City of Gold and Mud brims with formidable research."—Thomas Marks, Art Newspaper
Short-listed for the 2013 Historians of British Art Book Prize for the 19th Century Contemporary Category.
The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
The Diary of Joseph Farington

Volume 3, September 1796-December 1798, Volume 4, January 1799-July 1801

Joseph Farington; Edited by Kathryn Cave

View details
The Art of Captain Cook's Voyages

Volume 3, The Voyage of the Resolution and the Discovery, 1776-1780

Rüdiger Joppien and Bernard Smith

View details
The English Journey

Journal of a Visit to France and Britain in 1826

Karl Friedrich Schinkel; Edited by David Bindman and Gottfr

...
View details
The Diary of Joseph Farington

Volume 9, January 1808 - June 1809, Volume 10, July 1809 - December 1810

Joseph Farington; Edited by Kathryn Cave

View details
The Diary of Joseph Farington

Volume 11, January 1811 - June 1812, Volume 12, July 1812 - December 1813

Joseph Farington; Edited by Kathryn Cave

View details