File Name Burkett1984
Call Number N 6797 G7 B87 1984
Title William Green of Ambleside: A Lake District Artist (1760-1823)
Short Title William Green of Ambleside
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Imprint Cumbria: Published by Abbott Hall Art Gallery, Kendal. 1984. Printed by W.G. Print, Kendal.
Edition 1
Publication Date 1984
Pages 100
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SFU Catalogue Original Bibliography 100 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.
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Published as part of an exhibition at the Abbot Hall art gallery, Mary Burkett’s study of William Green positions its subject as an essential figure in the history of Lake District art and art theory more generally. Burkett argues that Green’s work changed the way people viewed the Lake District: in a move away from the picturesque tradition, Green’s Tourist’s New Guide shifted its focus from the general to the particular, encouraging viewers to engage with the details of a scene by presenting landscapes from a variety of perspectives (9). In a preface to the volume, Norman Nicholson [we have books by Nicholson – link out] concedes that Green was not a “great” artist, but claims that his work offered “a corrective to the often absurd exaggerations and over-blown affectations of many of his predecessors and even some of his successors” (10). Numerous illustrations accompany the written text, including eight full-page, colour reproductions of Green’s landscapes and a sketch of the artist himself. Photographs of Green’s grave appear near the end of the volume, along with reproductions of pages from his diary. As appendices, Burkett includes a list of works by Green, a representation of Green’s family tree, a bibliography, and the epitaph composed by William Wordsworth at the time of Green’s death. An index and list of illustrations comprise the back matter. The SFU copy is in excellent condition: it is bound in green, pebbled cloth and wrapped in a pristine paper jacket. Attached to the front flap of the book jacket is a sticker bearing the price “£ 9.95”

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