Portraits, Painters, and Publics in Provincial England 1540-1640

Paperback | September 5, 2013

byRobert Tittler

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In this, the first comprehensive study of post-Reformation provincial English portraiture, Robert Tittler investigates the growing affinity for secular portraiture in Tudor and early Stuart England, a cultural and social phenomenon which can be said to have produced a "public" for that genre.He breaks new ground in placing portrait patronage and production in this era in the broad social and cultural context of post-Reformation England, and in distinguishing between native English provincial portraiture, which was often highly vernacular, and foreign-influenced portraiture of the courtand metropolis, which tended towards the formal and "polite". Tittler describes the burgeoning public for portraiture of this era as more than the familiar court - and - London based presence, but rather as a phenomenon which was surprisingly widespread, both socially and geographically, throughout the realm. He suggests that provincial portraiture differedfrom the "mainstream", cosmopolitan portraiture of the day in its workmanship, materials, inspirations, and even vocabulary, showing how its native English roots continued to guide its production. Innovative chapters consider the aims and vocabulary of English provincial portraiture, therelationship of portraiture and heraldry, the painter's occupation in provincial (as opposed to metropolitan) England, and the contrasting availability of materials and training in both provincial and metropolitan areas. The work as a whole contributes to both art history and social history: itspeaks to admirers and collectors of painting as well as to curators and academics.

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In this, the first comprehensive study of post-Reformation provincial English portraiture, Robert Tittler investigates the growing affinity for secular portraiture in Tudor and early Stuart England, a cultural and social phenomenon which can be said to have produced a "public" for that genre.He breaks new ground in placing portrait pat...

Robert Tittler has researched, taught, and published for over forty years, producing ten books and some fifty scholarly articles and essays on the urban, political, social, economic, and cultural history of the Tudor and early Stuart eras. He prefers to work at the edges of his subjects rather in their centres, hoping to knit those su...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:September 5, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199685967

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. English Portraiture in Context3. Locating the Public4. Provincial Painters5. Painters' Resources: Material and Cultural6. Heraldry and Portraiture7. The Provincial Vocabulary: 'Props' and their Meaning8. Varieties of Regional Experience9. ConclusionBibliographyIndex

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Review from previous edition: "the stories embodied in the portraits examined...are extraordinary. This is an excellent book." --Kathryn Davies, Journal of British Studies