The American School: Artists and Status in the Late Colonial and Early National Era
2016·New Haven and London
by Rather, Susan
New Haven and London: The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art / Yale University Press, 2016. Hardcover. VG. Black buckram, gilt letters on spine, auburn & color illus. dust jacket, 308 pp., 170 color & BW illus. "The first comprehensive art-historical study of the subject. ... Examines the status of artists from different geographical, professional, and material perspectives: portrait painting in Boston and London, the trade of art in Philadelphia and New York, the negotiability and usefulness of colonial American identity in Italy and London, and the shifting representation of artists in and from the former British colonies following the Revolutionary War, when London remained the most important cultural touchstone. The book interweaves nuanced analysis of well-known artists -- John Singleton Copley, Benjamin West, and Gilbert Stuart, among others -- with accounts of non-elite painters and ephemeral texts and images such as painted signs and advertisements, all well represented." (dj) Terrific for both art and history.
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