New Book | Mural Painting in Britain, 1630–1730

Posted in books by Editor on February 12, 2020

Forthcoming from Routledge:

Lydia Hamlett, Mural Painting in Britain 1630–1730: Experiencing Histories (London: Routledge, 2020), 184 pages, ISBN: 978-1138205833, £120 / $155.

This book illuminates the original meanings of seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century mural paintings in Britain. At the time, these were called ‘histories’. Throughout the eighteenth century, though, the term became directly associated with easel painting and, as ‘history painting’ achieved the status of a sublime genre, any link with painted architectural interiors was lost. Whilst both genres contained historical figures and narratives, it was the ways of viewing them that differed. Lydia Hamlett emphasises the way that mural paintings were experienced by spectators within their architectural settings. New iconographical interpretations and theories of effect and affect are considered an important part of their wider historical, cultural, and social contexts.

Lydia Hamlett is Academic Director in Visual Culture at the Institute of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Murray Edwards College.


Introduction: Re-experiencing British Murals
1  Animating Histories
2  Triumph and Return: Bringing the Gods onto Man’s Stage
3  Murals and Metamorphoses
4  Poetry, Painting, and Politics: The Early 1700s
5  The Frenzied Age of Mural Painting
Conclusion: Defining Mural Painting as a Genre

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