Scenes and Traces of the English Civil War

Stephen Bann

Scenes and Traces of the English Civil War

Stephen Bann

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288 pages | 63 halftones, 48 color plates | 7 1/2 x 9 3/4
Cloth $60.00 ISBN: 9781789142280 Will Publish May 2020 For sale in North and South America only
The English Civil War has become a frequent point of reference in contemporary British political debate. A bitter and bloody series of conflicts, it shook the very foundations of seventeenth-century Britain. This book is the first attempt to portray the visual legacy of this period, as passed down, revisited, and periodically reworked over two and a half centuries of subsequent English history. Highly regarded art historian Stephen Bann deftly interprets the mass of visual evidence accessible today, from ornate tombs and statues to surviving sites of vandalism and iconoclasm, public signage, and historical paintings of human subjects, events, and places. Through these important scenes and sometimes barely perceptible traces, Bann shows how the British view of the War has been influenced and transformed by visual imagery.
Contents
Introduction 1 Speaking Stones: Inscriptions of Identity from Civil War Monuments 2 A Kentish Family in Wartime: The Bargraves of Bifrons 3 Kings on Horseback: Charles I’s Statue at Charing Cross and its Afterlife 4 Whig Views of the Past: Horace Walpole and Co. 5 Illustrating History: Visual Narratives from the Restoration to Hume’s History of England 6 Boots and All: Cromwell Evoked by James Ward and Paul Delaroche 7 French Genre for English Patrons: Paul Delaroche’s Charles I Insulted by the Soldiers of Cromwell 8 A Sense of an Ending: Problems of English History Painting in the Nineteenth Century Chronology Bibliography Acknowledgements List of Illustrations Index
Review Quotes
Frances Spalding, CBE, FRSL
“This book is the product of subtle reasoning and considerable scholarship, dealing not with great art but with a rich seam of visual culture. What emerges from this study is how deeply an awareness of the violent reversals of fortune, caused by this war, entered the English psyche, and how continuing operations of memory have ensured its role within the making of an historical national identity.”
Ronald E. Hutton, FBA, Professor of History at the University of Bristol
“This is the mature work of a master scholar, superbly researched and written and pioneering a new field.”
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