The Image Of Antiquity.
for The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art by Yale University Press.
New Haven and London
4to. 7.75 x 10.25 inches. x + 252 pp. Bound in original green cloth, gilt, in pictorial dust wrapper. A very good copy. Illustrated by 128 black and white text figures. The author investigates how the remote past of Britain was imagined in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and the role played by the visual arts in constructing an image of the country from prehistoric times to the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons. The book analyses the impact of the Celtic revival on the iconography of Ancient Britain, resulting in a fascination with bards, Druids, leaders such as Caractacus and Boadicea, and with megalithic sites. Sam Smiles is Emeritus Professor of Art History at the University of Plymouth and an expert on Turner.
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