Mural Painting in Britain 1630-1730: Experiencing Histories, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Mural Painting in Britain 1630-1730

Experiencing Histories, 1st Edition

By Lydia Hamlett


184 pages | 24 Color Illus. | 53 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138205833
pub: 2020-04-03
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This book illuminates the original meanings of seventeenth- and early-eighteenth-century mural paintings in Britain.

At the time, these were called ‘histories’. Throughout the eighteenth century, though, the term became directly associated with easel painting and, as ‘history painting’ achieved the status of a sublime genre, any link with painted architectural interiors was lost. Whilst both genres contained historical figures and narratives, it was the ways of viewing them that differed. Lydia Hamlett emphasises the way that mural paintings were experienced by spectators within their architectural settings. New iconographical interpretations and theories of effect and affect are considered an important part of their wider historical, cultural and social contexts.

This book is intended to be read primarily by specialists, graduate and undergraduate students with an interest in new approaches to British art of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Re-experiencing British murals

Chapter 1: Animating Histories

Chapter 2: Triumph and Return: bringing the gods onto man’s stage

Chapter 3: Murals and Metamorphoses

Chapter 4: Poetry, Painting and Politics: the early 1700s

Chapter 5: The frenzied age of mural painting

Conclusion: Defining mural painting as a genre

About the Author

Lydia Hamlett is Academic Director in History of Art at the Institute of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Murray Edwards College. She is a co-founder of the British Murals Network (

About the Series

Routledge Research in Art History

Routledge Research in Art History is our home for the latest scholarship in the field of art history. The series publishes research monographs and edited collections, covering areas including art history, theory, and visual culture. These high-level books focus on art and artists from around the world and from a multitude of time periods. By making these studies available to the worldwide academic community, the series aims to promote quality art history research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / General
ART / History / General
ART / European
ART / Techniques / Painting
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
HISTORY / Modern / 17th Century
HISTORY / Modern / 18th Century