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Hamlett, Lydia
Mural painting in Britain 1630-1730 : experiencing histories / Lydia Hamlett.
New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2020.
Physical Description:
xii, 154 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Reference Library
ND2728 .H36 2020 (LC)
Accessible in the Reference Library [Hours]
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
"This book illuminates the original meanings of seventeenth and early eighteenth-century mural paintings in Britain. At the time, these were called 'histories'. Throughout the eighteenth century, though, the term became directly associated with easel painting and, as 'history painting' achieved the status of a sublime genre, any link with painted architectural interiors was lost. Whilst both genres contained historical figures and narratives, it was the ways of viewing them that differed. Lydia Hamlett emphasises the way that mural paintings were experienced by spectators within their architectural settings. New iconographical interpretations and theories of effect and affect are considered an important part of their wider historical, cultural and social contexts. This book is intended to be read primarily by specialists, graduate and undergraduate students with an interest in new approaches to British art of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Terms:
Mural painting and decoration, British -- 17th century.
Mural painting and decoration, British -- 18th century.
Mural painting and decoration, British.

  • Introduction : Re-experiencing British murals
  • Animating histories
  • Triumph and return
  • Murals and metamorphoses
  • Poetry, painting and politics
  • The prolific age of mural painting
  • Conclusion : Defining mural painting as a genre.