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A Strange Business: Making Art and Money in Nineteenth-Century Britain

A Strange Business: Making Art and Money in Nineteenth-Century Britain (Hardback)

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Britain in the nineteenth century saw a series of technological and social changes which continue to influence and direct us today. Its reactants were human genius, money and influence, its crucibles the streets and institutions, its catalyst time, its control the market.In this rich and fascinating book, James Hamilton investigates the vibrant exchange between culture and business in nineteenth-century Britain, which became a centre for world commerce following the industrial revolution. He explores how art was made and paid for, the turns of fashion, and the new demands of a growing middle-class, prominent among whom were the artists themselves. While leading figures such as Turner, Constable, Landseer, Coleridge, Wordsworth and Dickens are players here, so too are the patrons, financiers, collectors and industrialists; lawyers, publishers, entrepreneurs and journalists; artists' suppliers, engravers, dealers and curators; hostesses, shopkeepers and brothel keepers; quacks, charlatans and auctioneers. Hamilton brings them all vividly to life in this kaleidoscopic portrait of the business of culture in nineteenth-century Britain, and provides thrilling and original insights into the working lives of some of our most celebrated artists.

James Hamilton is an art historian and biographer. He was formerly Alistair Horne Fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford, and University Curator at the University of Birmingham, where he is Hon. Reader in History of Art. He has curated many exhibitions in galleries in Britain and abroad, from Wilhelm Lehmbruck (1974) to Turner and the Scientists (1998), Turner's Britain (2003), Turner and Italy (2008) and Volcano (2010). His biography of Turner was shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Award.

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