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- DescriptionPerhaps the most prolific artist of the nineteenth century, Sir John Gilbert (1817-97) was President of the Royal Watercolour Society, a regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy and illustrator for numerous illustrated papers, vels and children's books. Yet despite his impressive list of achievements, his name has become lost among figures such as Leighton, Watts, Millais and Burne-Jones who dominated the Victorian art world of which he was a part. Re-assessment of Gilbert's contribution to British art history reveals an artist who created powerful images - strong on narrative, romantic, illustrative and escapist - that have much to offer the viewer today. In addition, Gilbert is an interesting figure, both for what his story can tell us about Victorian taste and the vagaries of the art market, and because of his unusual practice of working contemporaneously in oils, watercolour and as an illustrator; blurring the boundaries between these media and using them interchangeably. Bringing together a selection of large-scale historical paintings, modest and rarely seen landscape watercolours, illustrated vels and children's books, newspaper illustrations and ephemera from both public and private sources, this groundbreaking publication explores both an unduly neglected figure and some important aspects of Victorian life. Offering first-class, original research, Sir John Gilbert is essential reading for all those with a particular interest in Victorian art, literature and society.
- Author BiographySpike Bucklow is a conservation scientist at the Hamilton Kerr Institute, University of Cambridge; Sally Woodcock is an easel paintings conservator in private practice; Mark Bills is Curator at the Watts Gallery. He was formerly Senior Curator of paintings, prints and drawings at the Museum of London; Nicola Bown lectures at Birkbeck College, University of London, and is author of Fairies in Nineteenth-Century Art and Literature, 2001; Kathleen Froyen is a graduate intern at the Hamilton Kerr Institute; Paul Goldman is an art historian specialising in Victorian art and illustration. He is also an Associate Fellow at the Institute of English Studies, part of the School of Advanced Study of the University of London; Vivien Knight was Curator and Head of Guildhall Art Gallery, London, and the City of London's Permanent Collection, 1982-2009; Caroline Oliver is Lead Frame Conservator at Guildhall Art Gallery, London; Neil Rhind is a historian specialising in the social and architectural history of Blackheath and Greenwich, London; Libby Sheldon is a Lecturer in History of Art with Material Studies and runs the Painting Analysis Unit in the History of Art Department, University College London; Timothy Wilcox is an art historian, curator and Associate Lecturer at the University of Surrey.
- PublisherLund Humphries Publishers Ltd
- Date of Publication28/04/2011
- SubjectIndividual Artists / Art Monographs
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintLund Humphries Publishers Ltd
- Content NoteIncludes 100 colour and 75 b&w illustrations
- Weight1610 g
- Width228 mm
- Height270 mm
- Spine30 mm
- Edited bySally Woodcock,Spike Bucklow
- Edition StatementNew edition
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