<< YCBA Home Yale Center for British Art Yale Center for British Art << YCBA Home

YCBA Collections Search

IIIF Actions
Hartley, Lucy

Democratising beauty in nineteenth-century Britain : art and the politics of public life / Lucy Hartley.

Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2017.
Physical Description:
xii, 296 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Reference Library
N7485.G7 H37 2017 (LC)
Accessible in the Reference Library [Hours]
Note: Please contact the Reference Library to schedule an appointment [Email ycba.reference@yale.edu]

Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-286) and index.
"Could the self-interested pursuit of beauty actually help to establish the moral and political norms that enable democratic society to flourish? In this book, Lucy Hartley identifies a new language for speaking about beauty, which begins to be articulated from the 1830s in a climate of political reform and becomes linked to emerging ideals of equality, liberty, and individuality. Examining British art and art writing by Charles Lock Eastlake, John Ruskin, Walter Pater, Edward Poynter, William Morris, and John Addington Symonds, Hartley traces a debate about what it means to be interested in beauty and whether this preoccupation is necessary to public political life. Drawing together political history, art history, and theories of society, and supplemented by numerous illustrations, Democratising Beauty in Nineteenth-Century Britain offers a fresh interdisciplinary understanding of the relation of art to its publics"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Terms:
Art -- Historiography.
Art -- Historiography.
Art and society -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Art and society.
Civil society -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Civil society.
Great Britain -- Intellectual life -- 19th century.
Great Britain.
Historiography -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Intellectual life.
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.

  • Machine generated contents note: 1. 'Of universal or national interest': Charles Eastlake, the Fine Arts Commission, and the Reform of Taste; 2. Reconstituting publics for art: John Ruskin and the Appeal to Enlightened Interest; 3. The pleasures and perils of self-interest: calculating the passions in Walter Pater's essays; 4. Figuring the individual in the collective: the 'art-politics' of Edward Poynter and William Morris; 5. The humanist interest old and new: John Addington Symonds and the nature of liberty.