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THE NEW CHILD: BRITISH ART AND THE ORIGINS OF MODERN CHILDHOOD, 1730-1830. James Christen Steward. University Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, University of California, Berkeley, 1995. Distributed by University of Washington Press, Seattle. 240 pp. with 160 ills. (51 col.). 31 x 23 cm. LC 95-16800 ISBN 0295974818 In English.
An illuminating study of correlations between the representation of children in British art of the Georgian era and the emergence of new concepts of childhood during the period, this scholarly catalogue presents an extensive nine-part text along with illustrations of more than 150 paintings, drawings, prints and book illustrations that include portraits, genre scenes and conversation pieces by such celebrated figures as Reynolds, Gainsborough, Blake, Hogarth, West, Lawrence and Mulready. Incorporating examinations of the artistic and social significance of many individual works, the text explores changes in British society and its attitudes toward children over the period as mirrored in both "high" and "low" art forms, discussing such topics as parental roles in the child-rearing process, the religious and academic training of children, the status of play as a childhood activity, and the harsh conditions of life experienced by children in the urban and rural underclasses.
Indexing: Western, Europe — Great Britain — 1600-1800 — Painting, Several Media
Plans: 01,06,07,08,17
Worldwide Number: 025208
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