Posted on 23 May 2016
This volume has emerged from the collaborative research project Court, Country, City: British Art, 1660-1735, run by the History of Art department at York, and Tate Britain, with the support of the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Edited by former Head of Department Mark Hallett, with Nigel Llewellyn and Martin Myrone, the book features essays by Anthony Geraghty and Richard Johns, as well as Emily Mann, former Postdoctoral Researchers with the department Lydia Hamlett and Richard Stephens, and alumna Caroline Good.
The book uncovers fresh perspectives on the art of the late Stuart and early Georgian periods, focusing on the concepts, spaces, and audiences of court, country, and city as reflected in an array of objects, materials, and places. The essays discuss the revolutionary political and economic circumstances of the period, which not only forged a new nation-state but also provided a structural setting for artistic production and reception. A wide range of topics are explored: tapestry in the age of Charles II and painting in the court of Queen Anne; male friendship portraits; mezzotint and the exchange between painting and print; the interpretation of genres such as still life and marine painting; the concept of remembered places; courtly fashion and furnishing; the codification of rules for painting; and the development of aesthetic theory.
Published by the Yale Center for British Art and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.