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1st Edition

Women Artists in the Nineteenth Century

ISBN 9781138277915
Published March 29, 2017 by Routledge
288 Pages

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Book Description

Local/Global: Women Artists in the Nineteenth Century is the first book to investigate women artists working in disparate parts of the world. This major new book offers a dazzling array of compelling essays on art, architecture and design by leading writers: Joan Kerr on art in Australia by residents, migrants and visitors; Ka Bo Tsang on the imperial court in China; Gayatri Sinha on south Asian artists; Mary Roberts on harem portraiture of the Ottoman empire; Griselda Pollock on Parisian studios; Lynne Walker on women patron-builders in Britain; Síghle Bhreathnach-Lynch and Julie Anne Stevens on Irish women artists; Ruth Phillips on souvenir art by native and settler women; Janet Berlo on North American textiles; Kristina Huneault on white settler identity in Canada; Charmaine Nelson on neo-classical sculpture in North America; and Stacie Widdifield on Mexico. This pioneering collection addresses issues at the heart of feminist and post-colonial studies: the nature of difference, discrepant modernities and cross-cultural encounters. Written in a lively and accessible style, this lavishly illustrated volume offers fresh perspectives on women, art and identity. It is essential reading for anyone interested in the history of women artists and the art of the nineteenth century.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction, Deborah Cherry and Janice Helland; 'Same but different': women artists in colonial Australia, Joan Kerr; In Her Majesty's service: women painters in China at the court of the Empress Dowager Cixi, Ka Bo Tsang; Women artists in India: practice and patronage, Gayatri Sinha; Harem portraiture: Elisabeth Jerichau-Baumann and the Egyptian Princess Nazli Hanim, Mary Roberts; Louise Abbéma's Lunch and Alfred Stevens's Studio: theatricality, feminine subjectivity and space around Sarah Bernhardt, Paris, 1877-1888, Griselda Pollock; Women patron-builders in Britain: identity, difference and memory in spatial and material culture, Lynne Walker; The Irish artist: crossing the Rubicon, Síghle Bhreathnach-Lynch and Julie Anne Stevens; Nuns, ladies, and the 'Queen of the Hurons': souvenir art and the negotiation of North American identities, Ruth B. Phillips; Placing Frances Ann Hopkins: a British-born artist in Colonial Canada, Kristina Huneault; Chronicles in cloth: quilt-making and female artistry in nineteenth-century America, Janet Berlo; Edmonia Lewis's Death of Cleopatra: white marble, black skin and the regulation of race in American Neoclassical Sculpture, Charmaine Nelson; Modernity and tradition: strategies of representation in Mexico, Stacie G. Widdifield; Index.

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Deborah Cherry is Professor of the History of Art at the University of the Arts, London, UK and Editor of Art History. Janice Helland is Professor of Art History and Women’s Studies, and Queen's National Scholar at Queen's University, Canada.


'Local/Global is an enlightening book which shifts the terrain of feminist art history towards local and colonial networks and the spatial dimensions of women's art practice. Its geographical and cultural range is both wide and rich, providing a remarkable map of relations between societies, art-making communities and colonial cultures in the nineteenth century. This excellent, ground-breaking collection has much to contribute to current debates about "difference" and visual representation.' Gill Perry, The Open University, UK