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Title: Sights of battle, art and war in Britain, c.1885-1919
Author: Shaw, G.
ISNI:       0000 0001 2436 4755
Awarding Body: University of Nottingham
Current Institution: University of Nottingham
Date of Award: 2007
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This study examines paintings of battle produced in Britain between c.1885 and 1919, drawing for examples on works produced for exhibition at . the Royal Academy, in private galleries and under the official artists' schemes during the First World War. Much of the material examined in this study has received little previous art historical attention; in particular, paintings produced between 1902 and 1919 by artists active in the military genre from the nineteenth century are considered. The primary focus is upon how war was pictorialised; conventions in iconography and narrative constructions are identified and explored, as are the difficulties faced by nurtists in representing the subject of battle. Central to this is how the technology of war and the nature of battle developed across the period, and what pictorial strategies were adopted in response. Across most of the prriod past conflicts prevailed as the dominant subject, and representations ttf historical as well as contemporary battles are included in this analysis. The relationship between the practice of battle painting and the illustrated press was important; this will be examined in detail. Connected to this is the criterion of witness authority, which is shown to be problematic. Images of battle functioned in the construction of the wider memory of war; how this opprntrd pictorially and through display is examined, especially across the dimpn810ns of public or private, regional or national and civilian or military.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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