Class, Gender, and Sexuality in Thomas Gainsborough’s Blue Boy: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Class, Gender, and Sexuality in Thomas Gainsborough’s Blue Boy

1st Edition

By Valerie Hedquist

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224 pages | 16 Color Illus. | 32 B/W Illus.

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Description

The reception of Thomas Gainsborough’s Blue Boy from its origins to its appearances in contemporary visual culture reveals how its popularity was achieved and maintained by diverse audiences and in varied venues. Performative manifestations resulted in contradictory characterizations of the painted youth as an aristocrat or a "regular fellow," as masculine or feminine, or as heterosexual or gay. In private and public spaces where viewers saw the actual painting and where living and rendered replicas circulated, Gainsborough’s painting was often the centerpiece where dominant and subordinate classes met, gender identities were enacted, and sexuality was implicitly or overtly expressed.

Table of Contents

Introduction; Chapter 1 Private Beginnings, Public Performances; Chapter 2 The Blue Boy from Gainsborough’s Showroom to Grosvenor’s Picture Gallery; Chapter 3 Public Recognition; Chapter 4 Reproducing The Blue Boy; Chapter 5 Farewell to England; Chapter 6 Welcome to America; Chapter 7 Changing Roles for The Blue Boy; Conclusion

About the Author

Valerie Hedquist is Professor of Art History at the University of Montana, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Gender and Art

Routledge Research in Gender and Art is a new series in art history and visual studies, focusing on gender, sexuality, and feminism. Proposals for monographs and edited collections on this topic are welcomed.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART006000
ART / Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions / General
ART015000
ART / History / General
ART015030
ART / European
ART015100
ART / History / Modern (late 19th Century to 1945)
ART015110
ART / History / Contemporary (1945-)
ART015120
ART / History / Romanticism
ART020000
ART / Techniques / Painting
ART023000
ART / Popular Culture
ART050040
ART / Subjects & Themes / Portraits
HIS015000
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
SOC012000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gay Studies
SOC018000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Men's Studies
SOC028000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
SOC032000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies