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Contents Acknowledgments Introduction The Resurrection of History Painting in British Art Setting the Stage: Establishing a School of History Painters Native to the Soil Part I: Challenging Emulation Tradition's Crippling Burden Genius, That God Within Giants and Dwarfs: Imitation, Plagiarism, and Genius Swift's Fable: Whether 'Tis Nobler to be a Bee or a Spider The Great Magician: The Promise of Shakespeare's Inspired Example Boydell's Shakespeare Gallery Part II: Being a Shakespeare in Art 1. John Hamilton Mortimer and the Primacy of Unbridled Imagination Horrible Imaginings Preternatural Beings Works of Chance Shakespeare's Legacy A Sick Man's Dream: The English Salvator Rosa 2. Appearance and Reality: John Hamilton Mortimer's Belisarius and Caius Marius Defying and Defiling Academic Standards The Road of Excess 3. The Runciman Brothers John: As Night Follows the Day Alexander: The Creator of Tempests, or the Artist as Magician 4. Henry Fuseli: Shakespeare's Painter Pioneering a New Role for the History Painter in British Art A Worshiper of Shakespeare The Apotheosizing of Shakespeare Fuseli's Participation in Boydell's Shakespeare Gallery: Two Aspects of Imagination---A Fine Frenzy Glowing and the Fairy Way The Artist as Satanic Creator 5. James Jefferys' Appropriation of Shakespeare's Mantle Two Self-Portraits: Youthful Imagination Bodies Forth The Roman Cauldron: An Englishman in Italy Shakespeare for the Ages: Heroic Nudity 6. James Barry: The Artist as Martyr The Lear of British Art Shakespeare as Barbaric Goth Imitatio Christi 7. George Romney: The Untutored Genius The Creative Core: The Shakespearean Connection The Infant Shakespeare Romney's Shakespearean Personas Pleasures of the Imagination: Romney's Historical Drawings Part III: Being a Shakespeare in Poetry 8. Alienation, Persecution, and Liberation through Sacrificial Death Thomas Chatterton, Bristol's Shakespeare The Love-Dream of Chatterton's Unrecorded Face John Flaxman's Memorials to Chatterton The Dance of Eternal Death: Chatterton as the Inspiration for Blake's Albion Rose 9. Literally Being Shakespeare: W. H. Ireland and Samuel Ireland Conclusion The Guts of Modern Brains Soaring Eagles and the Marketplace The Aesthetic of Original Genius Notes Selected Bibliography Index
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Narrative painting, British -- 18th century.
History in art.