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A History of Monumental Sculpture and Commemorative Art in England, 1720-1770

Matthew Craske

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This illuminating and original book is the first to examine eighteenth-century British funeral monuments in their social, as well as their artistic, context, looking not only at the sculptors who created the monuments, but also the people who commissioned them and the people they commemorated. Matthew Craske begins by analyzing the relationship of tomb designs to the changing and diverse culture of death in eighteenth-century England, and then explains conditions of production and the shifting dynamics of the market. He concludes with a masterly analysis of the motivations of the people who commissioned monuments, from aristocrats to merchants and professional people.

Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

Matthew Craske is Senior Lecturer in History of Art at Oxford Brookes University

"Deserves to be read . . . by anyone with a serious interest in the eighteenth century."—Isaac Land, British Scholar

"This important study of church monuments and other forms of commemorative sculpture adds much to our understanding of elite patronage and the ways in which sculptors manipulated the metropolitan memorial market." —Kerry Bristol, Journal of British Studies

"Craske’s is a remarkable book in many ways….it deserves a wide readership precisely because it lays out eighteenth-century commemorative sculpture and its official histories so comprehensively."—Sarah Monks, Art History
ISBN: 9780300135411
Publication Date: March 19, 2008
Publishing Partner: Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
256 pages, 7 1/2 x 10
60 b/w illus.
Joseph Wright of Derby

Painter of Darkness

Matthew Craske

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