Periods, Groups & Movements: Victorian
(also see Pre-raphaelites, Tissot)
Dictionary of British Art Volume 4, Victorian Painters by Christopher Wood – Hardcover: 600 pages; Antique Collectors Club Dist; 3rd edition (Dec 18, 2007)

A writer on and dealer in Victorian art, Wood has revised and enlarged into two volumes this third edition of Volume 4 in the six-volume series "Dictionary of British Art." The first book is a dictionary of painters with over 11,000 entries; the second book is well illustrated, with 750 black-and-white and 40 color plates containing an historical survey of Victorian art, defined as the period in English art from 1837 to 1901.

Friendship and Loss in the Victorian Portrait: "May Sartoris" by Frederic Leighton by Malcolm Warner – Paperback: 88 pages; Kimbell Art Museum (Sep 29, 2009)

This original and eloquent study brings Frederic Leighton’s portrait of May Sartoris to life as an expression of the artist’s remarkable friendship with May’s mother, celebrated opera singer Adelaide Sartoris.

Objects of Desire: Victorian Art at the Art Institute of Chicago (Museum Studies (Art Institute of Chicago) by Judith Barter, Ghenete Zelleke, Debra N. Mancoff, Douglas R. Nickel – Paperback: 96 pages; Art Institute of Chicago (Aug 18, 2005)

This volume focuses on a wide range of Victorian-era objects from Britain and the United States in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. The following topics are explored: still-life painting in nineteenth-century America; the burgeoning Victorian print market; a fascinating sketchbook used by the English painter Edward Burne-Jones; a spectacular Gothic-style British wine cabinet; and a rare photographic album compiled by an aristocratic English family. Also featured, in a portfolio section, are other highlights from the museum’s Victorian collection, including furniture, paintings, photographs, textiles, and works on paper by such noted artists as Julia Margaret Cameron, William Morris, and John Everett Millais.

Exposed: The Victorian Nude by Alison Smith, Robert Upstone, Tate Britain – Hardcover: 288 pages; Watson-Guptill (May 1, 2002)

Since nudes were an important subject for most Victorian artists, Exposed: The Victorian Nude showcases dazzling artwork from such legendary masters as Millais, Rossetti, Burne-Jones, Whistler, and Sargent, as well as pivotal figures of early English modernism. Cutting across the conventional categories of style and period, this guide offers a fresh, engrossing vision of Victorian art and culture unmatched anywhere else.

Victorian Painting by Christopher Wood – Hardcover: 384 pages; Bulfinch Press; 1st No. American edition (Apr 2000)

A spectacular book on the most popular era of British painting from 1837 to1914 by the world's leading authority in the field.

Victorian Painting by Lionel Lambourne – Hardcover: 512 pages; Phaidon Inc Ltd (Aug 1, 1999)

This text presents an overview of one of the most fertile and exuberant periods in the history of art. It embraces not only the UK but also the English-speaking countries linked to England by the cultural ties of empire and emigration. Long out of fashion, Victorian painting is now enjoyed in its own right.

The Victorians: British Painting, 1837-1901 by Malcolm Warner, Anne Helmreich, Charles Brock – Hardcover: 255 pages; Natl Gallery of Art; 1st edition (Mar 1, 1997)

From the medieval tendencies of Dante Gabriel Rossetti to the classicism of Frederick Leighton, Victorian painting is seen to have encompassed a broad range of subjects and styles. This elegant volume showcases the work of a great many Victorian painters, including J.M.W. Turner, John Everett Millais, and James Tissot. Publication to coincide with an exhibition opening at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., in February.

Victorian and Edwardian Paintings in the Walker Gallery and at Sudley House by Edward Morris – Hardcover: 572 pages; Seven Hills Book Distributors (Sep 1996)

Masculinities in Victorian Painting by Joseph A. Kestner – Hardcover: 344 pages; Routledge; 1st edition (Mar 16, 1995)

The author discusses the construction of maleness in British painting in chapters titled 'Classical Hero,' 'Gallant Knight,' 'Challenged Paterfamilias,' 'Valiant Soldier,' and 'Male Nude.'

Victorian Painters: Volume 2 Historical Survey and Plates by Christopher Wood – Hardcover: 480 pages; Antique Collectors Club Dist; 3rd edition (May 1, 1995)

A scholarly survey of Victorian painting in which the author discusses the genre's development and characteristics, setting it within the context of the time, illustrated with 47 full color plates and 750 black and white plates which reflect the tremendous output and range of the period.

The Holland Park Circle: Artists and Victorian Society by Caroline Dakers – Hardcover: 312 pages; Yale University Press (Dec 11, 1999)

By the middle of the 19th century, English artists and designers had achieved wealth and status, becoming influential members of society. From about 1850 on, the most prestigious artists—led by George Frederic Leighton—settled in the Holland Park section of London. Their homes were exquisite creations, beautifully furnished, that were open to the public once a year on "show Sunday." (To this day, these miniature palaces remain some of the most expensive homes in London.) Dakers (cultural history, Central St. Martins Coll. of Art and Design) examines the relationships among the artists, their beautiful studio-homes, and their circle of fellow artists and patrons—no longer the aristocracy but rather merchants, bankers, and industrialists who wanted not Old Masters but works by living artists. This is truly a groundbreaking work, carefully written and beautifully produced, about an important group of artists. Recommended for public and academic libraries. —Martin Chasin, Adult Inst., Bridgeport, CT Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Art in the Age of Queen Victoria: Treasures from the Royal Academy of Arts Permanent Collection by Royal Academy of Arts, Great Britain, Helen Valentine, Maryanne Stevens, Julian Treuherz – Hardcover: 168 pages; Yale University Press; 1st edition (Jun 10, 1999)

This lavishly illustrated book celebrates the art and artists of Britain`s Victorian age, a long and peaceful period that produced works of immense variety and beauty. Drawing on more than 70 paintings and sculptures from the Royal Academy of Arts in London, the book discusses important artists of the time, their subjects, styles, and techniques, and the role of the Royal Academy during Queen Victoria`s reign.

Empire of the Nude – The Victorian Nude Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC; Jul 22, 2003
56 minutes

Though today the Victorian era is considered extremely prudish, the artists of that period created a tradition of the nude in British art, drawing upon Greek and Roman classicism to affirm Britain's superiority at a time of skyrocketing pornography and prostitution. This fascinating insight into the art, mores and psyche of a bygone age includes a wide variety of images from painting, photography and film, including works by such noted artists as William Etty, Lord Leighton and George Frederic Watts.

Victorian & Edwardian Paintings in the Lady Lever Art Gallery: British Artists Born After 1810 Excluding the Early Pre-Raphaelites (Victoria & Edward Museum) by Edward Morris – Hardcover: 145 pages; The Stationery Office/Tso; 1st edition (Dec 1, 1996)

Midwest Book Review William Hesketh Lever, the first Lord Leverhulme, was one of the most extravagant collectors of Victorian and Edwardian art. He was also one of the most perceptive. This is the first detailed and scholarly catalog of the superb collection that is now housed in the Lady Lever Art Gallery. The catalog features two major groups of paintings: first, the late Pre-Raphaelite and classical revival works of Frederic Leighton, Edward Burne-Jones, J. W. Waterhouse and others; and second, a group of late Victorian and early 20th century works which Lever bought direct from their artists. An outstanding presentation of Victorian masterpieces!

Problem Pictures: Women and Men in Victorian Painting (Nineteenth Century) by Pamela Gerrish Nunn – Hardcover: 216 pages; Routledge; 1st edition (Mar 15, 1996)

These essays examine Victorian painting in the light of this 'woman question' by analysing the change in representation of the family, romance, social issues such as emigration and colonialism, the use of the female nude and the traditions of portraiture, history-painting and still life. The art and artists are considered in a socio-political context, and the connections between Victorian sexism, racism and the class system are examined. These essays bring to light much previously unknown work (especially by women) and reappraise many well-known paintings.

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