David Wilkie: The People's Painter: The People's Painter

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Edinburgh University Press, Oct 24, 2007 - History - 320 pages
This is the first modern book about the artist David Wilkie (1785-1841), the first British painter to become an international celebrity. Based on extensive original research, the book explores the ways in which Wilkie's images, so beloved by his contemporaries, engaged with a range of cultural predicaments close to their hearts. In a series of thematic chapters, whose concerns range far beyond the details of Wilkie's own career, Tromans shows how, through Wilkie's thrillingly original work, British society was able to reimagine its own everyday life, its history, and its multinational (Anglo-Scottish) nature. Other themes covered include Wilkie's roles in defining the border between painting and anatomy in the representation of the human body, and in transforming the pleasures of connoisseurship from an elite to a popular audience. For the first time, all of Wilkie's major subject pictures are brought together, reproduced and discussed. With a great range of new archival material and original interp
 

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Contents

1 Everyday Stories
1
2 The Anatomy of Expression
61
3 The Shackles of Connoisseurship
114
Wilkies Version of History
156
5 Wilkie and Scotland
216
Conclusion
264
Bibliography
268
Index
297
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Nicholas Tromans is Senior Lecturer at the Kingston University

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