Imperial Landscapes: Britain's Global Visual Culture, 1745-1820

Imperial Landscapes: Britain's Global Visual Culture, 1745-1820

Hardback Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

By (author) John E. Crowley


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  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 246mm x 290mm x 25mm | 1,633g
  • Publication date: 19 July 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New Haven
  • ISBN 10: 0300170505
  • ISBN 13: 9780300170504
  • Illustrations note: 50 colour illustrations + 100 black-&-white images
  • Sales rank: 509,250

Product description

In response to conquests in mid-18th-century wars, Britons developed a keen interest in how their colonies actually looked. Artistic representations of these faraway places, claiming topographic accuracy from being "drawn on the spot," became increasingly frequent as the British Empire extended its reach during and after the Seven Years War. This is the first book to examine the country's early imperial landscape art from a broad comparative perspective. Chapters on the West Indies, Canada, the United States, the Pacific, Australia, and India show how British artists linked colonial territories with their homeland. This is both a ravishingly beautiful art book and a historical analysis of how British visual culture entwined with the politics of colonization.

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Author information

John E. Crowley is Professor Emeritus of History at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His books include The Invention of Comfort: Sensibilities and Design in Early Modern Britain and Early America.

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"The book is beautifully illustrated and produced. It is written with idiomatic directness, drives its narrative forward briskly, and makes acute arguments about the ideological implications of the works examined."-Bridget Orr, Huntington Library Quarterly -- Bridget Orr Huntington Library Quarterly "Highly recommended, this masterful analysis by an eminent historian reveals a fascinating chapter in British political history."-Marilyn K. Alaimo, Current Books on Gardening and Botany (Chicago Botanic Garden) -- Marilyn K. Alaimo Chicago Bptanic Garden