The Artificial Empire: The Indian Landscapes of William Hodges

The Artificial Empire: The Indian Landscapes of William Hodges


The position of the visible arts within the statement of eu colonial strength has been the topic of a lot fresh research and redefinition. This ebook takes as a flooring for dialogue the illustration of Indian surroundings and structure through British artists within the past due eighteenth and early 19th centuries. It contains the paintings of a variety of artists from the Daniells to Edward Lear, yet important to the learn is a selected specialise in William Hodges, a pioneer within the box who loved a detailed organization with Britain's first Governor common in India, Warren Hastings, and whose awesome physique of labor as draughtsman, painter and author shaped a very important legacy for later artists. The booklet comprises a lot of his work and drawings infrequently or by no means formerly released, and analyses his paintings and writing in terms of the highbrow and aesthetic principles of his time. The work and drawings mentioned listed below are proven to be complicated gadgets, status in a unavoidably advanced courting with historic occasions and ideas. This dating is explored and outlined absolutely, to offer a brand new intervention in post-colonial cultural theory.

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