Cultivating the Human Faculties: James Barry (1741-1806) and the Society of Arts

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Susan Bennett
Associated University Presse, 2008 - Art - 162 pages
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The contributors to this collection of essays have each taken different aspects of Barry's cycle, The Progress of Human Knowledge and Culture (1777-1801), in the "Great Room" of the Society of Arts to illustrate the wider contemporary art and design debates focusing on nationalism and improvement, publicity and patronage, with Barry's own work and ideals. New connections between theory (political, social, and culture), and practice have been created as a result of this examination. Susan Bennett is an independent scholar.
 

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Contents

List of Illustrations
9
Prologue
11
Acknowledgments
13
Chronology
15
Introduction
19
A Biographical Outline
23
best drawings High Art and Designs for the Manufactures
26
The Societys Promotion of High Art in the 1760s
50
Barrys Continuing Meditations on the Society of Arts Murals
98
Barrys Engraved Detail of Queen Isabella Las Casas and Magellan
110
The Search for the Seventh Man
119
A Celebration of the Three Kingdoms
131
Barrys Death and Funeral
142
Appendix
145
Bibliography
151
Contributors
157

female excellence and the Society of Arts patriotic and truly noble purposes
64
The Social Spaces of the Society of Arts
76
The Third Painting in James Barrys Series The Progress of Human Culture and Knowledge
88

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About the author (2008)

The authors, who have been involved with the Moray Society and the Elgin Museum for many years, have researched and published books and articles on various aspects of history, including the history of science, of nursing, and of the people and places in and around Moray.

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