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Wynne, Catherine, 1971–

Lady Butler : war artist and traveller, 1846-1933 / Catherine Wynne.

Dublin, Ireland ; Chicago, IL : Four Courts Press, [2019]
Physical Description:
xiv, 268 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 28 cm
Reference Library
NJ18.B98105 W96 2019 (LC) Oversize
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 254-262) and index.
"This is the first biography of Victorian Britain's greatest war artist, Elizabeth Thompson Butler, who found fame and public acclaim after exhibiting her Crimean War painting The Roll Call in 1874. A favourite of Queen Victoria, she quickly became one of the most celebrated women of the time. She transformed war art by depicting conflict trauma, decades before its designation as a medical condition, and her art championed the ordinary soldier and the dispossessed. Elizabeth Butler achieved celebrity as painter of the British empire in martial mode at a time when Britain's military supremacy was threatened by conflicts in Crimea, Ireland, the Sudan and elsewhere. However, her art became increasingly at odds with the jingoistic mood among the British public at the turn of the century, and by 1914 her reputation was in decline. Married to William Butler, an Irish Catholic officer in the British army, her life in art was a life spent in travel, accompanying her husband on his military postings from Egypt to South Africa. Settling in Ireland from 1905, she witnessed the turbulence of the War of Independence and Civil War. Her Irish paintings include 'Listed for the Connaught Rangers and the politically controversial Evicted. This is a story of travel and history, war and conflict. Catherine Wynne describes brilliantly how a female artist succeeded in this heavily, and often prejudicially, gendered world, and in doing so celebrates the remarkable artistic genius of Elizabeth Butler."--Book jacket.
Subject Terms:
20.19 art and society: other.
Artists -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Butler, Elizabeth (Elizabeth Southerden Thompson), 1846-1933.
Butler, Elizabeth (Elizabeth Southerden Thompson), 1846-1933.
Butler, Elizabeth Southerden, 1846-1933.
Great Britain.
Krieg Motiv.
War artists -- Great Britain -- Biography.
War artists.
Women artists -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Women artists.

  • Liverpool to Lausanne, 1844-6
  • South of England to the Italian Riviera: the making of an artist, 1847-61
  • Road to fame, 1862-73
  • The war path: from The Roll Call to Inkerman, 1874-7
  • Painting Ireland, Afghanistan, South Africa and Scotland Forever!, 1878-81
  • Egypt, 1882-6
  • Dinan, Delgany and Alexandria, 1887-93
  • Aldershot, Dover, Cape Town, Devonport and Bansha, 1893-1909
  • Wars and beyond: the Irish years, 1909-33.