Britain's Global Visual Culture, 1745-1820
written by John E Crowley
Yale University Press | ISBN 9780300170504
Hardback – 320 pages
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In response to conquests in mid-18th-century wars, Britons developed a keen interest in how their colonies actually looked. Artistic representations of these faraway places, claiming topographic accuracy from being 'drawn on the spot', became increasingly frequent as the British Empire extended its reach during and after the Seven Years' War. This is the first book to examine the country's early imperial landscape art from a broad comparative perspective. Chapters on the West Indies, Canada, the United States, the Pacific, Australia, and India show how British artists linked colonial territories with their homeland. This is both a ravishingly beautiful art book and an historical analysis of how British visual culture entwined with the politics of colonization.