Just Published: Mary Webster on Zoffany

Posted in books by Editor on May 30, 2011

On the heels of Penelope Treadwell’s biography, Johan Zoffany: Artists and Adventurer (University of Washington Press, 2009), comes this massive tome by Mary Webster. From Yale University Press:

Mary Webster, Johan Zoffany, R.A. 1733-1810 (New Haven: Yale University Press / London: Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 2011), 720 pages, ISBN: 9780300162783, $100.

Universally recognized as a brilliant and gifted 18th-century artist, Johan Zoffany (1733-1810) was regarded by Horace Walpole as one of the three greatest painters in England, along with his friends Reynolds and Gainsborough. Yet he has remained without a detailed study of his life and works, owing to the fascinating and complex vicissitudes of his career, now established from widely scattered sources. From being a late-baroque painter at a German princely court to working under the royal patronage of George III and Queen Charlotte, from his serious interest in Indian life and landscape, developed while living near Calcutta, to his attacks on the bloody progress of the French Revolution, Zoffany created pictures that document with incomparable liveliness the worlds and people among whom he moved.

Mary Webster was formerly at the Warburg Institute and was curator
of the College Art Collections at University College London.

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