Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist
Look Inside The Dark Side of the Landscape

The Dark Side of the Landscape
The Rural Poor in English Painting 1730–1840

  • Date Published: September 1983
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521276559

Paperback

Add to wishlist

Looking for an inspection copy?

This title is not currently available on inspection

Description
Product filter button
Description
Contents
Resources
Courses
About the Authors
  • The eighteenth-century saw a radical change in the depiction of country life in English painting: feeling less constrained by the conventions of classical or theatrical pastoral, landscape painters attempted to offer a portrayal of what life was really like, or was thought to be like, in England; and this inevitably involved a distinct approach to the depiction of the rural poor. John Barrell's influential 1980 study shows why the poor began to be of such interest to painters, and examines the ways in which they could be represented so as to be an acceptable part of the décor of the salons of the rich. His discussion focuses on the work of three painters: Thomas Gainsborough, George Morland and John Constable. Throughout the book, Barrell draws illuminating comparisons with the literature of rural life and with the work of other painters. His terse and vigourous account has provided a landmark for social historians and literary critics, as well as historians of art.

    Reviews & endorsements

    'This is a most original, searching and disquieting book. It will help us to look at old masters with new eyes: and also, since we are convicted by Barrell of certain nostalgic illustions about the agrarian past, it will help us to look at ourselves.' E. P. Thompson

    'A brilliant reading of certain sets of pictorial conventions (signs) and of how and why they changed during a given historical period.' New Society

    'Barrell has made a valuable contribution to our knowledge of the interplay between art and ideology in the eighteenth century.' Art History

    'This is a book which is both enjoyable to read and informative.' Agricultural History Review

    'A valuable and pertinent book which art-historians of all political persuasions ought to read.' Notes and Queries

    'An important book.' Burlington Magazine

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity

    ×

    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?

    ×

    Product details

    • Date Published: September 1983
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521276559
    • length: 192 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 173 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Acknowledgements
    1. Introduction
    2. Thomas Gainsborough
    3. George Morland
    4. John Constable
    Notes
    Index.

  • Author

    John Barrell

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account

Cancel

Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email lecturers@cambridge.org

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner www.ebooks.com. Please see the permission section of the www.ebooks.com catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.

Cancel

Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

×
Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.
×