In response to conquests in mid-18th-century wars, Britons
developed a keen interest in how their colonies actually looked.
Artistic representations of these faraway places, claiming
topographic accuracy from being "drawn on the spot," became
increasingly frequent as the British Empire extended its reach
during and after the Seven Years War. This is the first book to
examine the country's early imperial landscape art from a broad
comparative perspective. Chapters on the West Indies, Canada, the
United States, the Pacific, Australia, and India show how British
artists linked colonial territories with their homeland. This is
both a ravishingly beautiful art book and a historical analysis of
how British visual culture entwined with the politics of
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