Facing the late Victorians : portraits of writers and artists from the Mark Samuels Lasner collection /
by Margaret D. Stetz.
Newark : University of Delaware Press, 2007.
158 p.
0874139929 (alk. paper), 9780874139921 (alk. paper)
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Newark : University of Delaware Press, 2007.
0874139929 (alk. paper)
9780874139921 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2007-11-01:
With 70 images drawn from the Lasner Collection of the University of Delaware, this exhibition catalog by Stetz (Univ. of Delaware) surveys the role of portraiture for authors and artists in the final decades of the 19th century, particularly the 1890s. Although some less-well-known figures are included, the Victorian canon is well represented by the likes of Matthew and Frances Arnold, Aubrey Beardsley, Max Beerbohm, Edward Burne-Jones, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, A. E. Housman, Henry James, Rudyard Kipling, Jane and William Morris, Walter Pater, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Singer Sargent, Alfred Lord Tennyson, James McNeil Whistler, and Oscar Wilde. Depicted here in three portraits, Wilde served as the intellectual center of the original exhibition, and he figures prominently in Stetz's introduction. This essay and the individual entries all make for pleasurable reading, and it is especially nice to compare the range of media employed: drawings (pencil, ink, chalk, and crayon), watercolors, lithographs, and photographs. At the undergraduate level, funds are probably better spent elsewhere, but the book would be a welcome addition to libraries serving graduate students--especially for universities that pride themselves on the depth of their Victorian collections. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students; faculty and researchers. C. A. Hanson Calvin College
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