British Art Journal

Articles from Vol. 9, No. 2, Autumn

'Jakob Philipp Hackert: Europas Landschaftsmaler der Goethezeit': Neues Museum and Schiller Museum, Weimar
In the mid-18th century the Duchy of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach was a model Enlightenment state, presided over by the formidable Anna Amalia as regent for her young son Karl August. Goethe lived there from 1775 until his death in 1832, Schiller between...
Left Hand, Right Hand
We promise not to mention the Turner Prize ever again. With any luck, euthanasia ill soon be applied to what is clearly a very sick patient: the Turner Prize has been moribund for years. Finally, this time, even the national press appears to have...
Miniature Matlock: Creswell Crags, George Stubbs and 18th-Century Landscape Taste
[FIGURE 1 OMITTED] When the taste for rugged English scenery was established in the mid-18th century, for crags, caves, cliffs and cascades, Derbyshire became a major tourist destination, centred on the resort of Matlock and its towering High...
November 1918: Some Thoughts on British Art at the Armistice
Emanating principally from London, yet filtering to every, village, shire and isle in the nation (and then to every corner of the empire and beyond), Britain's artists had helped create and perpetuate a consensus of struggle, victory, sacrifice...
Painter Pilgrim. the Art and Life of Tristram Hillier
Painter Pilgrim. The Art and Life of Tristram Hillier Jenny Pery Royal Academy of Arts, 2008, 25 [pounds sterling], ISBN 978-1-905711-18-5 A short book on an individual artist who is probably not widely known beyond a narrow circle should...
Picturing China: William Alexander and the Visual Language of Chinoiserie
[FIGURE 1 OMITTED] At the 1796 Royal Academy exhibition, Henry Edridge exhibited a portrait of his friend and fellow watercolourist William Alexander (1767-1816) that announced a new visual engagement with Chinese culture by British artists (Pl...
Print Collecting in Provincial England Prior to 1650: The Randle Holme Album
The increasing popularity of print-collecting in 17th-century England was a reflection of, and manifested itself in, the expansion of English printmaking and the London print trade over the century. The diversification of print stock and the extension...
'That Mighty Art of Black-and-White': Linley Sambourne, Punch and the Royal Academy
When John Tenniel, Punch's chief cartoonist, was knighted in 1883, his colleagues in Punch rejoiced at this belated recognition of the importance of graphic art--'that mighty art of black-and-white', as the Punch historian M.H. Spielmann called...
'The Choice of Paris': Representing Frederick, Prince of Wales: A Brief Reconsideration
In May 1745, the following French verses from a masque entitled The Judgement of Paris by William Congreve were performed by Frederick, Prince of Wales: Venez, mes cheres deesses Venez calmer mon chagrin Aidez mes belles princesses,...
The Davies Sisters' Turners in Cardiff
[FIGURE 1 OMITTED] The National Museum Wales in Cardiff has its Centenary in 2007/8 and launched its celebrations with an excellent exhibition entitled '"Things of Beauty"--what two sisters did for Wales', which was accompanied by an informative...
The Foundling Restored: Emma Brownlow King, William Hogarth, and the Public Image of the Foundling Hospital in the 19th Century
As has often been noted, the Foundling Hospital had the distinction of being London's first public exhibition venue for contemporary art, due in no small part to the efforts of William Hogarth, who donated works and encouraged other artists to do...
'The Head of a Certain Macedonian King': An Old Identity for the British Museum's 'Arundel Homer'
[FIGURE 1 OMITTED] In the mid-1620s the Greek islands and the Aegean coast of Turkey were the scene of much excited proto-archaeo,logical activity or, more accurately, marble-hunting. The English ambassador to the Sublime Porte from 1621, Sir...
'The Lure of the East': 'The Lion and the Dragon: Photographs from China, 1903-1905'
In the end, it's all about authenticity. Of course, some artists will have headed for the Levant in search of warmth, light and colour, and novel subject-matter. Some artists have always sought those things and been satisfied with them. Others,...
The 'Philistine' and the New Art Critic: A New Perspective on the Debate about Degas's L'Absinthe of 1893
It is amusing to see with what constant recurrence the epidemic of discussion on the subject of art criticism breaks out every, now and again. Opinion on this matter is like a spring that overflows at irregular intervals. And that makes up for long...
'The Railway. Art in the Age of Steam': The Walker Art Gallery, National Museums, Liverpool
Given the fascination of transport enthusiasts in both Britain and America with steam locomotives, it is surprising that the exhibition organised jointly by the Walker Art Gallery and the Nelson--Atkins Museum of Art is the first large show devoted...
'The Rake at Oxford': The Progress of Hogarth's 'Rake' Re-Examined
[FIGURE 1 OMITTED] This article will try to demonstrate that the oil sketch known in the past throughout Hogarth literature as 'Debates on Palmistry' or 'A Consultation of Physicians' (Pl 1) (1) might be best understood as an abandoned opening...
'The Young Lion: Drawings by JF Lewis': Royal Academy of Arts
JF Lewis is the one of the stars of Tare Britain's 'Lure of the East' (reviewed above). His jewel-like canvases and water-colours of Egyptian scenes record a society and way of life in captivating detail. He knew the country intimately, having gone...
'Utmost Fidelity: The Painting Lives of Marianne & Adrian Stokes RA' Wolverhampton Art Gallery 30 January-3 April 2009
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Do not confuse Adrian Stokes RA (1854-1935) with the painter and critic Adrian Durham Stokes. 'Utmost Fidelity' is the first retrospective exhibition of his work and of his wife, the Austrian-born artist Marianne Stokes....
'Walter Sickert: The Camden Town Nudes' Courtauld Gallery, London: 'Modern Painters: The Camden Town Group' Tate Britain, London
It may have seemed a clash of timetabling to schedule two exhibitions which focused on and featured Walter Sickert (1860-1942). But these two shows were both complementary and enlightening. 'Walter Sickert: The Camden Town Nudes' at the Courtauld...