Title Information

Records for not-yet-published titles do not include subject classifications. To initiate an order, see the instructions at the bottom of the page.

THEN AND NOW: COLLECTING AND CLASSICISM IN EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY ENGLAND. Joan Coutu. McGill-Queen's University Press, Montreal, 2015. 352 pp. with 118 ills. (20 col.). 26 x 18 cm. ISBN 9780773545434 In English.
Publisher's description: In the mid-eighteenth century, English gentlemen filled their houses with copies and casts of classical statuary while the following generation preferred authentic antique originals. By charting this changing preference within a broader study of material culture, Joan Coutu examines the evolving articulation of the English gentleman. Then and Now consists of four case studies of mid-century collections. Three were amassed by young aristocrats -- the Marquis of Rockingham, the Duke of Richmond, and the Earl of Huntingdon -- who, consistent with their social standing, were touted as natural political leaders. Their collections evoke the concept of gentlemanly virtue through example, offering archetypes to encourage men toward acts of public virtue. As the aristocrats matured in the politically fractious realm of the 1760s, such virtuecould become politicized. A fourth study focuses on Thomas Hollis, who used his collection to proselytize his own unique political ideology. Framed by studies of collecting practices earlier and later in the century, Coutu also explores the fluid temporal relationship with the classical past as the century progressed, firmly situating the discussion within the contemporaneous emerging field of aesthetics.
Indexing: Western, Europe — 1600-1800 — Sculpture, Several Media — Classicism
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 166488
Hardcover $100.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

Select titles for ordering by clicking in the boxes to the left of the title entries and then click on the "Add to Cart" button below. You will then be able to specify quantities and continue with your order.

NOTE: The shopping cart will expire after 2 hours of inactivity.