French Art in Nineteenth-Century Britain


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Edward Morris

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During the nineteenth century, what had been British hostility toward French art shifted toward acceptance and even enthusiasm, a change that transformed British art. This book charts the impact of French culture on British art and, to a lesser extent, the influence of British art in France during the nineteenth century. Thoroughly original, it is the first full overview of artistic and cultural relations between the two most important European nations of the period.

Extending its reach beyond Romanticism and Impressionism, the book offers an encyclopedic account of all aspects of the British reception of French art in the nineteenth century. It demonstrates in detail how the rapprochement between French and British art over the course of the century effected fundamental and lasting change throughout the British art world. This is an essential volume for anyone with an interest in the art of Britain and France and in the political, social, economic, and cultural contexts in which art is created.

Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

Edward Morris was until his retirement Curator of Fine Art, National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside.

“Throughout, the reader never doubts that the writer is in complete control… Morris’s command…is very impressive… One of the pleasures of reading the book is that the reader is taken on an enjoyable roundabout tour…” - Nicholas Tromans, The Burlington Magazine

"[Morris] has done an outstanding job of rendering a complete and objective picture of this previously unexplored subject."—Library Journal

"Morris's survey provides an invaluable introduction which should breed further research... This excellent book is packed with nuggets of interest to the print historian."---Print Quarterly

“This book…is an outstanding achievement in its ability to combine an overview with less significant, but pertinent, issues. The effect is almost encyclopaedic and Edward Morris has rad a prodigious amount in preparation as the diversity of his references reveals. French Art in 19th-Century Britain is, in effect, an invaluable work of reference…” - Christopher Lloyd, The Art Newspaper

""An important contribution. . . . Morris's study of nineteenth-century Anglo-French artistic relationships is a work of long, considered scholarly engagement. The author's familiarity with the primary sources, whether printed or in manuscript, is formidable. All who have an interest in this period will find references to unfamiliar archives and nuggets of fascinating new information."—John Bonehill, Victorian Studies
ISBN: 9780300106893
Publication Date: August 10, 2005
Publishing Partner: Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
482 pages, 8 1/4 x 10 3/4
160 b/w illus.