Although Britain has played a dominant role in European history,
its schools of painting have not always been seen as contributing
significantly to the great Continental tradition. In this new book,
the eminent art historian Andrew Wilton provides an enlightening
look at the glories and achievements of British art over the past
He traces the story of British painting from its hesitant
beginnings under the influence of Holbein through its maturity in
the time of Hogarth and Reynolds, when it reflected a prosperous
society with growing Imperial influence. He then explores the
pioneering role of Constable and Turner in the revolutions of the
Romantic period, and the enigmatic position of artists in Victorian
England, when a stiff moral code came into conflict with the
uncertainties of the age of Darwin. In the twentieth century,
Wilton shows how the new ideas of Modernism were explored by
distinctive personalities from the Bloomsbury Group to Francis
Bacon and the School of London.
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