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The idea of Italy : photography and the British imagination, 1840-1900 / edited by Maria Antonella Pelizzari and Scott Wilcox.

New Haven : Yale Center for British Art, [2022]
New Haven : Yale University Press
Physical Description:
287 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
Reference Library
TR57 .I33 2022 (LC) Oversize
Accessible in the Reference Library [Hours]
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 262-277) and index.
"The Idea of Italy: Photography and the British Imagination, 1840-1900, examines the ways in which the new medium of photography influenced the British experience, appreciation, and perception of Italy in the mid-nineteenth century. Full-size plates-including many previously unpublished images-feature the work of both famous and little-known photographers, including Robert Macpherson, Calvert Richard Jones, George Wilson Bridges, Julia Margaret Cameron, Lady Anne Brassey, and James Craig Annan. Setting photography within a long history of image making that begins with the eighteenth-century Grand Tour, transformed by the inventions of William Henry Fox Talbot and Louis Daguerre, the sixteen essays in this volume explore photography as a vehicle for visual translation and cultural exchange. Maria Antonella Pelizzari is a professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Scott Wilcox is the former deputy director for collections of the Yale Center for British Art"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Terms:
Great Britain.
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain / Victorian Era (1837-1901)
Italy -- Civilization -- Pictorial works.
Photography -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Photography, Artistic -- 19th century.
Photography, Artistic.
Pictorial works.
Pelizzari, Maria Antonella, editor.
Wilcox, Scott, 1952- editor.

  • The Legacy of the Grand Tour ; Out of the eighteenth century / Scott Wilcox
  • Tracing Early Encounters ; Following the paper trail: British calotypists in Italy / Beth Saunders ; The Italian origins of British photography / Chitra Ramalingam
  • Photography as Narrative and Souvenir ; Staging the tourist site: photograpy, performance, and the British encounter / Maria Antonella Pelizzari ; "Wild grandeur and shadowy fears": picturing danger in the Italian South / Jordan Bear ; Vision, history, and the Tauchnitz editions of George Eliot's Romola / Victoria Mills ; Julia Margaret Cameron's 'journey' to Italy / Patrizia Di Bello
  • Documenting and Disseminating Art ; Art breaks away: access and appreciation in the photography of Italian art / Anthony Hamber ; "With the help of the Daguerreotype": John Ruskin and Italian architecture / Stephen Bann ; Collecting Italy: Henry Cole, photography, and the South Kensington Museum / Ella Ravilious ; The Arundel Socity and Pietro Dovizielli's photography / Maria Francesca Bonetti
  • The Parker Collection: beyond the illustration of Roman archaeology / Jean-Philippe Garric
  • Becoming a Nation ; "The passion for that cause": the British public and the Risorgimento / Lucy Riall ; Friends and foes: religion, revolution, and Cartes de Visite / John A. Davis
  • Endings and Beginnings ; "A vast museum and picture gallery": photographs of Italy in Fin-de-Siècle Britian / Anne McCauley ; Everday Italians in modern Italy: the photographs of Agnes and Dora Bulwer / Martina Caruso.