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Title: The life and theatrical career of Clarkson Stansfield (1793-1867)
Author: van der Merwe, Pieter
ISNI:       0000 0004 2689 476X
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 1978
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The object of this study is to provide a detailed account of the life of the artist Clarkson Stanfield, with particular reference to his career as a theatrical and panoramic scene-painter. This is attempted taking three related approaches. The first aims to provide a personal biography, covering Stanfield's background and early life in particular, and also showing his family connection with the stage. The second approach aims to establish the professional context in which he worked; who his contemporaries, associates and rivals were and the nature of the theatrical and artistic fields in which he and they were involved. The third area of the study is broadly technical; it examines, *as far as possible, the physical structures of examples of Stanfield's scenery and looks at his artistic style and methods, again with particular reference to his capacities as a stage painter. Much of the work is based on unpublished MS material and on the collated evidence of printed ephemera. There are two volumes; the first comprises seven chapters in a broadly chronological division, each subdivided to cover particular aspects of Stanfield's life and work within the wider period. Chapter 6 discusses his artistic style independently of this sequence. Six appendices reproduce source material related to the text, including a classified inventory of Stanfield's total scenic output. The second volume contains seventy-nine plates illustrating the main text, with descriptive notes.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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