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British Art: Histories and Interpretations since 1700


About the Series

This series exists to publish new and rigorous scholarship of the highest quality on British and Irish art after 1700. Proposals will offer new bodies of research or new interpretations, ideally both, and should demonstrate a clear awareness of the proposed volume's contribution to current and wider art-historical debates. We define British art broadly to mean art made in the British Isles or by British artists, and particularly welcome proposals which address the topic from international or comparative cultural perspectives. We also welcome proposals for intellectually ambitious studies concerning more localised areas, issues and themes within British and Irish art during this period. Above all, we encourage proposals for books on British and Irish art which transcend the descriptive in order to offer a broader methodological and/or historiographical contribution to the discipline of art history.

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The Victorian Painting of Modern Life

The Victorian Painting of Modern Life

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Pamela Fletcher
November 26, 2024

This text offers a comprehensive and tightly focused account of the emergence and flourishing of British modern-life paintings at midcentury. Contemporary subjects were new and risky in the late 1840s and early 1850s; immensely popular and much debated by 1858; and already falling out of fashion ...

Spirituality, Feminism, and Pre-Raphaelitism in Modern British Art and Culture

Spirituality, Feminism, and Pre-Raphaelitism in Modern British Art and Culture

1st Edition

By Alice Eden
April 17, 2024

This book proposes new understandings of modern life in Britain by bringing constructs of female spirituality centre stage and examining three ‘forgotten’ artists identified with the Pre-Raphaelites and Victorianism. Thomas Cooper Gotch, Robert Anning Bell and Frederick Cayley Robinson are ...

Criticism, Art and Theory in 1970s Britain The Critical War

Criticism, Art and Theory in 1970s Britain: The Critical War

1st Edition

By JJ Charlesworth
March 12, 2024

A critical study of the life of art criticism in the 1970s, this volume traces the evolution of art and art criticism in a pivotal period in post-war British history. JJ Charlesworth explores how art critics and the art press attempted to negotiate new developments in art, faced with the challenges...

British Art and the Environment Changes, Challenges, and Responses Since the Industrial Revolution

British Art and the Environment: Changes, Challenges, and Responses Since the Industrial Revolution

1st Edition

Edited By Charlotte Gould, Sophie Mesplède
May 31, 2023

This book explores the nature of Britain-based artists’ engagement with the transformations of their environment since the early days of the Industrial Revolution. At a time of pressing ecological concerns, the international group of contributors provide a series of case studies that ...

Eighteenth-Century Engravings and Visual History in Britain

Eighteenth-Century Engravings and Visual History in Britain

1st Edition

By Isabelle Baudino
March 31, 2023

Extending the scholarly discussion of visual history, this book examines eighteenth-century engraved book illustrations in order to outline the genealogy of the modern visualisation of the past in Britain. This study is based on a body of more than a hundred engraved historical plates designed in ...

Illustration in Fin-de-Siècle Transatlantic Romance Fiction

Illustration in Fin-de-Siècle Transatlantic Romance Fiction

1st Edition

By Kate Holterhoff
March 15, 2022

This book examines illustrations created to accompany fictions written by several of the most popular authors published in Britain and America between 1885 and 1920. By studying the lavish illustrations that complemented not only initial serializations, but also subsequent publications of fictions...

Victorian Artists' Autograph Replicas Auras, Aesthetics, Patronage and the Art Market

Victorian Artists' Autograph Replicas: Auras, Aesthetics, Patronage and the Art Market

1st Edition

Edited By Julie F. Codell
May 26, 2020

This book is a wide-ranging exploration of the production of Victorian art autograph replicas, a painting’s subsequent versions created by the same artist who painted the first version. Autograph replicas were considered originals, not copies, and were highly valued by collectors in Britain, ...

Art in the North of England, 1979-2008

Art in the North of England, 1979-2008

1st Edition

By Gabriel N. Gee
February 26, 2020

Based on rare archival material and numerous interviews with practitioners, Art in the North of England 1979-2008 analyses the relation between political and economic changes stemming from the 1980s and artistic developments in the principal cities of the North of England in the late 20th century. ...

British Art for Australia, 1860-1953 The Acquisition of Artworks from the United Kingdom by Australian National Galleries

British Art for Australia, 1860-1953: The Acquisition of Artworks from the United Kingdom by Australian National Galleries

1st Edition

By Matthew C. Potter
January 14, 2019

Traditional postcolonial scholarship on art and imperialism emphasises tensions between colonising cores and subjugated peripheries. The ties between London and British white settler colonies have been comparatively neglected. Artworks not only reveal the controlling intentions of imperialist ...

Artangel and Financing British Art Adapting to Social and Economic Change

Artangel and Financing British Art: Adapting to Social and Economic Change

1st Edition

By Charlotte Gould
July 12, 2018

The Artangel Trust has been credited with providing artists with all the money and logistics they need to create one-off dream projects. An independent art commissioning agency based in London, it has operated since 1985 and is responsible for producing some of the most striking ephemeral and ...

Visual Culture in the Northern British Archipelago Imagining Islands

Visual Culture in the Northern British Archipelago: Imagining Islands

1st Edition

Edited By Ysanne Holt, David Martin-Jones, Owain Jones
June 04, 2018

This edited collection, including contributors from the disciplines of art history, film studies, cultural geography and cultural anthropology, explores ways in which islands in the north of England and Scotland have provided space for a variety of visual-cultural practices and forms of creative ...

British Art in the Nuclear Age

British Art in the Nuclear Age

1st Edition

Edited By Catherine Jolivette
April 25, 2018

Rooted in the study of objects, British Art in the Nuclear Age addresses the role of art and visual culture in discourses surrounding nuclear science and technology, atomic power, and nuclear warfare in Cold War Britain. Examining both the fears and hopes for the future that attended the advances ...

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