Landscape, Innovation, and Nostalgia: The Manton Collection of British Art

Landscape, Innovation, and Nostalgia: The Manton Collection of British Art

Hardback Clark Art Institute

Edited by Jay A. Clarke, Contributions by Tim Barringer, Contributions by Ann Bermingham, Contributions by Mary Broadway, Contributions by David Blayney Brown, Contributions by Antony Griffiths, Contributions by Anne Lyles, Contributions by Patrick Noon, Contributions by Leslie Paisley, Contributions by Amelia F. Rauser

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  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 246mm x 284mm x 38mm | 2,064g
  • Publication date: 28 August 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New Haven
  • ISBN 10: 0300179669
  • ISBN 13: 9780300179668
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 447 colour images + 9 black-&-white illustrations

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Business leader and arts patron Sir Edwin A. G. Manton (1909-2005) and his wife Florence, Lady Manton, assembled an outstanding collection of 18th- and 19th-century British art. A gift to the Clark Art Institute from the Manton Foundation in 2007, their collection features more than three hundred oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, and prints, including works by John Constable, J. M. W. Turner, Thomas Gainsborough, and William Blake. In a series of wide-ranging essays, prominent scholars consider the major works and themes in the collection, relating them to larger issues within the field of British studies. Individual essays are devoted to Constable's oil sketches, cloud studies, and magisterial painting The Wheat Field; the growth of the watercolor tradition; print portfolios and narrative series; Thomas Rowlandson's satiric drawings; and Gainsborough's use of experimental materials as revealed through recent scientific analysis. The volume concludes with an illustrated checklist of the works in the collection.

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Jay A. Clarke is Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.