Alfred Gilbert's Aestheticism: Gilbert Amongst Whistler, Wilde, Leighton, Pater and Burne-Jones

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2006 - Art - 275 pages
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Alfred Gilbert's Aestheticism presents the first sustained re-evaluation of the life and work of one of the most acclaimed sculptors of the late- Victorian period. Drawing on important new archival sources, this ground- breaking study challenges the customary assumption that Aestheticism was primarily a literary, painterly or architectural phenomena. Jason Edwards reveals both the diverse ways in which Gilbert's sculptures operated within the context of Aestheticism and also how these works provided a unique and provocative commentary on the history of masculine friendship and eroticism in the period leading up to and beyond the Wilde trials in 1895. Detailed readings are offered of the relationship of Gilbert's work to essays by Pater and Swinburne, poems, plays, and novels by Wilde and W. S. Gilbert, and paintings by Burne-Jones, Leighton, Rossetti, Solomon, Whistler, and Watts. With over 80 illustrations, ...
 

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Contents

Introduction in his Studio The Avenue Fulham Road
1
Perseus Arming
19
Academic Aestheticism at Leighton and Burlington House
57
Eros and Piccadilly
93
Comedy and Tragedy Sic Vita c 1892
133
the Clarence Memorial Tomb
159
G F Watts and the end of Gilberts Aestheticism
201
Notes
219
Select Bibliography
241
Index
263
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Jason Edwards is Lecturer in Art History and co-director of the Sculpture Studies research school, at the University of York.

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