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Comic Acting and Portraiture in Late-Georgian and Regency England
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Comic Acting and Portraiture in Late-Georgian and Regency England (Paperback)

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The popularity of the comic performers of late-Georgian and Regency England and their frequent depiction in portraits, caricatures and prints is beyond dispute, yet until now little has been written on the subject. In this unique study Jim Davis considers the representation of English low comic actors, such as Joseph Munden, John Liston, Charles Mathews and John Emery, in the visual arts of the period, the ways in which such representations became part of the visual culture of their time, and the impact of visual representation and art theory on prose descriptions of comic actors. Davis reveals how many of the actors discussed also exhibited or collected paintings and used painterly techniques to evoke the world around them. Drawing particularly on the influence of Hogarth and Wilkie, he goes on to examine portraiture as critique and what the actors themselves represented in terms of notions of national and regional identity.

Art, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryArt treatments & subjectsHuman figures depicted in artArt, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryHistory of art / art & design stylesHistory of art: c 1600 to c 1800 incl the Baroque & RococoFilm, TV & DramaTheatre Publisher: Cambridge University Press Publication Date: 26/04/2018 ISBN-13: 9781107491717  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Jim Davis is Professor of Theatre Studies at the University of Warwick. As a researcher, he specialises in British theatre during the long nineteenth century. He has published a biographical study of John Liston, an edition of the plays of H. J. Byron and an edition of the diaries of the stage manager of the Britannia Theatre, Hoxton, Frederick Wilton. With Victor Emeljanow he co-wrote a prize-winning study of nineteenth-century theatre audiences, Reflecting the Audience: London Theatregoing 1840 880 (2001), and more recently he has edited a collection of critical essays on Victorian Pantomime (2010) and a volume on Edmund Kean. He has also co-convened Theatre Historiography groups for the International Federation for Theatre Research and for the British Theatre and Performance Research Association, and is an editor of the journal Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film.

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