The Aryan Blake: Hinduism, art and revelation in William Blake's Pitt and Nelson paintings

Barlow, Paul (2011) The Aryan Blake: Hinduism, art and revelation in William Blake's Pitt and Nelson paintings. Visual Culture in Britain, 12 (3). pp. 277-292. ISSN 1471-4787

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14714787.2011.613320

Abstract

This article considers William Blake’s use of Indian imagery, a topic which has exercised recent scholars of Blake’s work but which has led to an interpretative stalemate due to differing conceptions of Indian art’s meanings within nineteenth-century British culture. Blake’s Spiritual Form of Nelson Guiding Leviathan and Spiritual Form of Pitt Guiding Behemoth (c.1805–9, Tate) have proved particularly problematic in this regard. Focusing on these two paintings, this article seeks to move beyond the critical impasse by situating these works within the interlinked contexts of Blake’s political and spiritual beliefs, the purposefully cross-cultural and visionary dynamic of his work, and contemporary responses to the expansion of British imperial power in India.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: T300 South Asian studies
V100 History by period
V600 Theology and Religious studies
W100 Fine Art
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Arts
Depositing User: Helen Pattison
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2012 15:58
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 10:54
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/6041

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