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The Classical Body in Romantic Britain

Cora Gilroy-Ware

Price
£40
Type
Print
Publicaton Date
April 2020
Standard Number
9781913107062
Distributor
Yale University Press
Specifications
312 pages, 285 x 170mm
Illustrations
110 colour + b/w

For many, the term ‘neoclassicism’ has come to imply discipline, order, restraint, and a certain myopia. Leaving the term behind, this book radically challenges enduring assumptions about the art produced from the late eighteenth century to the early Victorian period, casting new light on appropriations of the classical body by British artists. It is the first to foreground the intersections of gender, race and class in discussions of British visual classicism, laying bare artists’ alternately politicizing and emphatically sensual engagements with Greco-Roman art. Rather than rely exclusively on subsequent scholarship, the book takes up the poet John Keats (1795–1821) as a theoretical framework. Eschewing the ‘Golden Age’ narrative, which sees J. M. W. Turner (1775–1851) as the pinnacle of the period’s artistic achievement, the book examines overlooked artists, such as Henry Howard (1769–1847) and John Graham Lough (1798–1876). The result is a fresh account of underappreciated works of British painting and sculpture.

About the author

  • Head and shoulders portrait of Cora Gilroy-Ware

    Visiting Research Fellow, Institute of Advanced Studies at University College London