‘Bold liberals who fought for the cause of freedom’: the German Reception of the Graphic Satires of James Gillray and Thomas Rowlandson at the Fin de Siècle (1895-1908)

Potter, Matthew (2019) ‘Bold liberals who fought for the cause of freedom’: the German Reception of the Graphic Satires of James Gillray and Thomas Rowlandson at the Fin de Siècle (1895-1908). Visual Culture in Britain, 20 (2). pp. 172-193. ISSN 1471-4787

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/14714787.2019.1620122

Abstract

This article explores the reception of the work of James Gillray and Thomas Rowlandson in Germany in the long nineteenth century. Special attention is given to the impact upon this phenomenon of the evolution of art historical studies and the effect of nationalist cultural policies during the period. The German-language art historical writings of critics (two from Germany (Richard Muther and Hans Wolfgang Singer) and two from the Low Countries (Charles Polydore de Mont and Jan Veth)) during the fin de siècle are analysed in order to explain how their advocacy of these British graphic satirists contributed to liberal agendas of protest and internationalism in opposition to the narrow nationalism of the Prussian-led Kaiserreich.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Gillray, Rowlandson, Muther, reception, graphic, satire, internationalism, nationalism, Wilhelmine
Subjects: V300 History by topic
W100 Fine Art
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Arts
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 14 May 2019 08:25
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 10:28
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/39308

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