Edwardian Opulence


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British Art at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century

Angus Trumble and Andrea Wolk Rager; With contributions by A. Cassandra Albinson, Tim Barringer, Pamela Fletcher, Imogen Hart, Elizabeth C. Mansfield, and Alexander Nemerov

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The Edwardian age was as brief as the Victorian era that preceded it was long. It has been depicted as an indolent summer afternoon of imperial and elite complacency, but also as a period of rapid political, economic, and artistic change, culminating in the First World War. This magnificent book explores themes of power, nostalgia, and a contrasting lightness of touch that characterized the period. Issues of creation, consumption, and display are examined through a range of objects, including portraits by Sargent and Boldini, diamond tiaras and ostrich-feather fans, jewel-like Autochrome color photography, and a spectacular embroidered gown that belonged to the American-born Vicereine of India. Spanning divides of class and geography, this book identifies opulence and leisure as driving forces for the domestic and imperial British economic engine in the early years of the 20th century.

Published in association with the Yale Center for British Art

Exhibition Schedule:

Yale Center for British Art (02/28/13–06/02/13)

Angus Trumble is senior curator of painting and sculpture at the Yale Center for British Art. Andrea Wolk Rager is visiting assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University.


Yale Center for British Art (02/28/13–06/02/13)

"A dramatic, rich-looking book . . . a terrific survey of art, photographs and fashion of the time."—Lorna Koski, Women's Wear Daily

“As the stunning illustrations in Edwardian Opulence...show, Edwardian society did not shrink from showy ostentation, even vulgarity. This lovely lush book, produced to accompany an exhibition in the spring at the Yale Center for British Art, captures well that flamboyant world of the last decades before the Great War.”—Margaret MacMillan, Spectator

ISBN: 9780300190250
Publication Date: March 26, 2013
Publishing Partner: Published in association with the Yale Center for British Art
420 pages, 9 1/2 x 12
350 color + 30 b/w illus.
The Independent Eye

Contemporary British Art from the Collection of Samuel and Gabrielle Lurie

Edited by Eleanor Hughes and Angus Trumble

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