Cover image for Victorian painting.
Victorian painting.
Lambourne, Lionel.
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London : Phaidon, 1999.
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512 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
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ND467 .L15 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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A scholarly and entertaining survey of painting during the Victorian era.

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Library Journal Review

For some time, the vogue in 19th-century British art has focused on the Pre-Raphaelite movement or on the Aesthetes, primarily Aubrey Beardsley. With some exceptions, art of this period has been considered sentimental and unworthy of current-day consideration. Lambourne, former head of painting at the Victoria and Albert Museum, re-addresses this perception in a new, quite literally weighty tome. Taking Queen Victoria's reign (1837-1901) as his frame, Lambourne explores how such art came out of a time of much poverty but also energy, wealth, optimism, education, and self-confidence. The Pre-Raphaelites and Aesthetes are not neglected here, but Lambourne aims for greater depth, covering powerful women artists of the period, Van Gogh on a visit to London, and Thomas Griffith Wainwright, a convict banished to Australia. The author also looks beyond Britain to Canada, Australia, South Africa, and even the United States. With such a mass of material, Lambourne has done an impressive job of grouping the works thematically: Impressionism in Britain, childhood, nudes and classicism, immigration, and so forth. This is possibly the most inclusive book on the topic since Jeremy Maas's Victorian Painters (LJ 8/84. o.p.) and with its 620 color illustrations should stand as the hallmark for some time to come. Almost too heavy to circulate, it is nonetheless an essential purchase recommended for all libraries.--Joseph C. Hewgley, Nashville P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

As if a history of the painting done during Victoria's 63-year reign were not mammoth enough, Lambourne (Victoria and Albert Museum) begins his study at the year of her birth (1819--thus adding to the mix the fecund decade of the 1820s), and includes a survey of the art of Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the US. The result is a truly massive tome (623 color plates at eight pounds!). In dividing his study into thematic chapters (childhood, fairy pictures, fallen woman, for example), Lambourne follows precedent (Jeremy Maas, Victorian Painters, 1969; Christopher Wood, Victorian Panorama, CH, Jul'77), creating several newly relevant categories of his own, i.e., "Woman Artists," 'Transatlantic Exchange." Comprehensiveness, however, not scholarship (the text is without footnotes), is the book's greatest virtue: readers frequently will find new artists or unfamiliar works by known painters. The text itself (written with a light touch," according to the blurb), is informative and introductory in nature, with little analytical depth. However, the discussion of British Impressionism is a welcome chapter to the Victorian canon. The color plates vary widely in quality and are handsomely arranged throughout. For the price, a very tempting and useful addition. General readers; undergraduate and graduate students. L. R. Matteson; University of Southern California