Transporting Visions follows pictures as they traveled through and
over the swamps, forests, towns, oceans, and rivers of British
America and the United States between 1760 and 1860. Taking
seriously the complications involved in moving pictures through the
physical world--the sheer bulk and weight of canvases, the delays
inherent in long-distance reception, the perpetual threat to the
stability and mnemonic capacity of images, the uneasy mingling of
artworks with other kinds of things in transit--Jennifer L. Roberts
forges a model for a material history of visual communication in
early America. Focusing on paintings and prints by John Singleton
Copley, John James Audubon, and Asher B. Durand--which were
designed with mobility in mind--Roberts shows how an analysis of
such imagery opens new perspectives on the most fundamental
problems of early American commodity circulation, geographic
expansion, and social cohesion.
University of California Press
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Jennifer L. Roberts
||254 x 178 x 20mm (L x W x T)
||Hardcover - Cloth over boards
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