British art and the East India Company

Quilley, Geoff (2020) British art and the East India Company. The Worlds of the East India Company . Boydell and Brewer, Woodbridge, Suffolk. ISBN 9781783275106

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This book examines the role of the East India Company in the production and development of British art during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, when a new "school" of British art was in its formative stages with the foundation of exhibiting societies and the Royal Academy in 1768. It focuses on the Company's patronage, promotion and uses of art, both in Britain and in India and the Far East, and how the Company and its trade with the East were represented visually, through maritime imagery, landscape, genre painting and print-making. It also considers how, for artists such as William Hodges and Arthur William Devis, the East India Company, and its provision of a wealthy market in British India, provided opportunities for career advancement, through alignment with Company commercial principles. In this light, the book's main concern is to address the conflicted and ambiguous nature of art produced in the service of a corporation that was the "scandal of empire" for most of its existence, and how this has shaped and distorted our understanding of the history of British art in relation to the concomitant rise of Britain as a self-consciously commercial and maritime nation, whose prosperity relied upon global expansion, increasing colonialism and the development of mercantile organisations.

Item Type: Book
Keywords: The Worlds of the East India Company, Maritime History, Modern History
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Arts and Humanities > Art History
Subjects: D History > DA History of Great Britain
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR > N5300 History > N6501 Special regions or countries > N6766 Great Britain
Depositing User: Geoffrey Quilley
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2019 13:31
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2021 10:18

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