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By James Hamilton

Britain within the 19th century observed a chain of technological and social alterations which proceed to steer and direct us this day. Its reactants have been human genius, cash and effect, its crucibles the streets and associations, its catalyst time, its keep an eye on the market.

In this wealthy and engaging publication, James Hamilton investigates the colourful trade among tradition and enterprise in nineteenth-century Britain, which grew to become a centre for international trade following the economic revolution. He explores how artwork was once made and paid for, the turns of favor, and the hot calls for of a growing to be middle-class, renowned between whom have been the artists themselves.

While top figures resembling Turner, Constable, Landseer, Coleridge, Wordsworth and Dickens are gamers right here, so too are the shoppers, financiers, creditors and industrialists; legal professionals, publishers, marketers and newshounds; artists' providers, engravers, purchasers and curators; hostesses, shopkeepers and brothel keepers; quacks, charlatans and auctioneers.

Hamilton brings all of them vividly to lifestyles during this kaleidoscopic portrait of the company of tradition in nineteenth-century Britain, and gives exciting and unique insights into the operating lives of a few of our such a lot celebrated artists.

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