by James Hamilton
James Hamilton’s rich and fascinating A Strange Business, named a Best Book of the Year by The Sunday Times, The Guardian, and The Spectator in England, delves into the famed personalities, social changes, and technological advances of London’s nineteenth century art world, a revolution that influences us to this day.
Britain became a center for world commerce in the nineteenth century, thanks largely to the vibrant exchange between culture and business that marked the decades following the Industrial Revolution. Hamilton explores how art was made and paid for, the turns of fashion, and the new demands of a rapidly growing middle-class, prominent among whom were the artists themselves.
Advance Praise for A Strange Business
“Wonderful. If you were setting out as an artist in 19th-century London, this is the book you would want as your vade mecum. Full of interesting ideas and odd aperçus. Entirely joyous.” —The Sunday Times (London), A Best Book of the Year
“A gripping story not of artistic movements but of practicalities. Hamilton’s reconfigurations of the well known story of early 19th century British art tends to result in sparky connections and well-I-never moments.” —The Guardian, A Best Book of the Year
“Entertaining and original. Like a plum pudding, this book is both nourishing and full of succulent bits and pieces.” —The Daily Telegraph
“Riveting. Hamilton’s fascinating and richly researched book surveys the art world from a number of different angles. It is lucid, insightful and simply gripping.” —The Spectator, A Best Book of the Year
by Sharon Rowse (Goodreads Author)
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― Chris Karlsen, Silk
― Walter Hamilton, The Aesthetic Movement In England
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