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McElwee, Penelope, aut
The non-representation of the agricultural labourers in 18th and 19th century English paintings : an exploration into the artistic conventions followed by the aristocracy and landowning classes in representations of the agricultural labourers in the 18th and the first decades of the 19th century in English paintings of the period, which rarely depicted the true state of such people / by Penelope McElwee.
Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016.
Physical Description:
xii, 175 pages, 28 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Reference Library
NX650.L32 M34 2016 (LC)
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 151-169) and index.
Subject Terms:
Agricultural laborers in art.
Agricultural laborers in art.
Painting, English -- 18th century -- Themes, motives.
Painting, English -- 19th century -- Themes, motives.
Painting, English -- Themes, motives.

  • List of illustrations
  • Preface
  • Introduction : power, individuality: the non-recognition of the agricultural labourer
  • Setting the stage: the 18 century dominance of money and position. The big house and the message it projected to 18 century societyone completely excluding the labouring poor who toiled to build the grandiose buildings ; A consideration of the rise of the architect, his buildings and his patrons
  • The landscape and the labourers. The big house, views of the expansive landscape with an occasional sight of the labourers ; The occasional glimpse of the labourer at work
  • Agricultural changes: effects on images of rural activities
  • Labourers of the field. The harvest and haymaking ; The ideologies of haymaking in the 18 century
  • Summertime and the harvest. Investigation into Stubbs's harvest paintings ; The poets and the labourers
  • Enclosure, the labourer and leisure. Enclosure of the land and its effects on the life of the labourer ; New strategies in the depiction of the agricultural labourer
  • Enclosure and the aftermath
  • The lot of the poor. How the poor were regarded by society ; Assistance, of a sort, for the poor
  • The protesting voice. The actions of the agricultural labourers and their punishment ; More riots and beyond
  • Work-desperation-transportation. Turnips and captain swing ; The tolpuddle martyrs, the great exhibition and emigration
  • The slums of London-hope: the city experience
  • Conclusion: the final analysis
  • Bibliography
  • Index.