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The revolution in eighteenth-century art : ten British pictures, 1740-1840
Wark, Robert R.
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Ten British pictures, 1740-1840
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San Marino : Huntington Library, [2001]

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xiii, 135 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
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Originally published under title: Ten British pictures, 1740-1840. San Marino, Calif : Huntington Library, 1971.

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Written by the collection's former curator, this text discusses ten pictures from the Huntington collection which demonstrate the wide variety of styles and forms produced in Britain during the period between 1740 and 1840. Some of the works examined include Thomas Gainsborough's The Blue Boy and Richard Wilson's River Scene with Bathers. The volume is lavishly illustrated throughout with color photographs of the ten pictures and other works by the artists and their contemporaries. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Between the mid-18th and mid-19th centuries, European art was a maelstrom of various styles and influences. Robert R. Wark (Early British Drawings in the Huntington Collection), former curator of the Huntington Art Collections in California, explains this pivotal era in his lucid, concise volume, The Revolution in Eighteenth-Century Art: Ten British Pictures 1740-1840. Wark uses 10 paintings and drawings by the likes of Hogarth, Reynolds, Blake, Constable and Turner to illuminate the competing trends of the period, showing how they were sometimes embodied in the work of a single artist and how they eventually gave way to modern art. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Revolution in Eighteenth-Century Artp. 3
Chapter I Hogarth's Bishop Hoadlyp. 15
Chapter II Gainsborough's The Blue Boyp. 25
Chapter III Reynolds' Mrs. Siddons as the Tragic Musep. 39
Chapter IV Lawrence's Pinkiep. 55
Chapter V Rowlandson's Mrs. Siddons Rehearsingp. 63
Chapter VI Blake's Satan, Sin, and Deathp. 75
Chapter VII Wilson's River Scene with Bathersp. 89
Chapter VIII Gainsborough's The Cottage Doorp. 97
Chapter IX Constable's View on the Stour near Dedhamp. 107
Chapter X Turner's Grand Canal, Venicep. 119
Indexp. 133