Title: British Artists and War: The Face of Battle ...
Publisher: Stackpole, Mechanicsburg, PA
Publication Date: 1993
Illustrator: Photo Illus. in Color & B&W
Book Condition: Very Good +
Dust Jacket Condition: Almost Fine
Edition: First Edition
Book Type: Art
Book is Ex-Library copy with library rubber stamp 3"x1" on top edge of FFEP and Title Page, card pocket on back side of RFEP. DJ has small ascension number label on DJ spine. 352pp with Index. Red cloth. 1st Ed. Square, tight, bright copy wit firm corners. No remainder mark. No internal notes or markings. Crisp, unclipped pictorial DJ in Mylar cover (NP). Photo illus. in b&w/color - Catalogue of paintings in rear of text. Minimal library markings. EXTRA POSTAGE FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING - Flat Rate Priority Med. Box only - $65.00 with tracking and insurance. (H) Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 18034
Synopsis: British Artists and War examines in detail the artistic inspiration an response to wars throughout the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, including the Napoleonic wars and Waterloo, the Crimea, the Zulu War and the Edwardian period to the Opening of the Great War in 1914.The author, Peter Harrington, discusses popular themes and imagery in military art and suggests reasons why certain wars failed to inspire representation on canvas. He follows the development of the genre, from early diagrammatic sketches to portraiture and history painting, and traces the debate on the respective merits of glorification of the subject and realism: the schools of 'truth in spirit' and of exactly accurate portrayal of events and scenes were deeply divided.The works of the leading artists of the period are analysed, as well as the influence of Continental artist on British art. The public response to these prints was closely linked with their accessibility, and the author gives details of exhibitions, panoramas and appearances in the illustrated press, and also cites contemporary printed evaluations and criticism relating to these events. The major illustrated papers of the 19thcentury established their own artists at the battlefields thus providing graphic material of war for a large audience at home.
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