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A Shared Legacy

Essays on Irish and Scottish Art and Visual Culture, 1st Edition

Edited by Fintan Cullen, John Morrison


279 pages

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A Shared Legacy: Essays on Irish and Scottish Art and Visual Culture brings together for the first time a unique selection of new research by leading Irish, Scottish, English and North American scholars to explore the varying ways in which the visual can operate within the context of two countries with related experiences of lost statehood yet retained nationhood. Covering a span of three centuries, this skilfully-crafted book takes the discussion of Irish and Scottish art beyond the often isolationist approach adopted in the past, dealing directly with issues of nationality in a wider context. The authors identify national concerns through a range of themes: race, class, union and assimilation or nationalism and internationalism and while many of the essays focus on paintings, sculpture, prints and watercolours, others consider a wider notion of visual culture by investigating photography, magic lantern slides and the home arts of embroidery and textiles.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction, Fintan Cullen and John Morrison; 'Schottenstift: a quiet mix': artists of the Scottish diaspora, their integration with and contribution to European visual culture, Jeremy Howard; 'Into the Cyclops eye': James Barry, historical portraiture, and colonial Ireland, Luke Gibbons; Envisioning Burns, Murdo Macdonald; Towards a national art?: George Petrie's two versions of The Last Circuit of Pilgrims of Clonmacnoise, Tom Dunne; Highlandism and Scottish identity, John Morrison; Marketing national sentiment: lantern slides of evictions in late nineteenth-century Ireland, Fintan Cullen; Imagining and imaging the land: some ideological formations of landscape photography in Scotland, Tom Normand; Authenticity and identity as visual display: Scottish and Irish home arts and industries, Janice Helland; Patterns of taste: Scottish collectors and the making of cultural identity in the late nineteenth century, Frances Fowle; The cultural front: Scotland and Northern Ireland, 1940-42, Euan McArthur; Excavating Room 50: Irish painting and the Cold War at the 1950 Venice Biennale, Fionna Barber; Mapping emotion: longing and location in the work of Kathy Prendergast, Catherine Nash; Index.

About the Editors

Fintan Cullen is Professor of Art History at the University of Nottingham, UK.

John Morrison is Senior Lecturer in History of Art at the University of Aberdeen, UK.

About the Series

British Art and Visual Culture since 1750 New Readings

British Art and Visual Culture since 1750 New Readings
This series provides a forum for the study of British art and visual culture from the mid-eighteenth century to the present day. It includes work which considers British art within comparative and interdisciplinary frameworks as well as monographs and thematic studies, single authored works and edited volumes of essays dealing with the art produced in the British Isles. The series publishes research which deals not only with high art but also with the visual environment of Britain from perspectives which are not primarily concerned with art objects. Volumes published in the series include studies of the social and cultural history of British visual culture, interpretation of individual works of art, and perspectives on reception, consumption and display.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / History / General
ART / European