publication . Thesis . 1986

The theatrical portrait in eighteenth century London

West, Shearer;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 1986
  • Publisher: University of St Andrews
  • Country: United States
Abstract
A theatrical portrait is an image of an actor or actors in character. This genre was widespread in eighteenth century London and was practised by a large number of painters and engravers of all levels of ability. The sources of the genre lay in a number of diverse styles of art, including the court portraits of Lely and Kneller and the fetes galantes of Watteau and Mercier. Three types of media for theatrical portraits were particularly prevalent in London, between c.1745 and 1800 : painting, print and book illustration. All three offered some form of publicity to the actor, and allowed patrons and buyers to recollect a memorable - performance of a play. Several...
Subjects
free text keywords: N7598.2W3, Portraits--England--History--18th century
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