Item description for Fields of Influence: Conjunctions of Artists And Scientists 1815-1860 by James Hamilton...
The distinction between 'Artist' and 'Scientist', so plain to our twenty-first-century eyes, had not fully evolved in the early and middle nineteenth century. In fact, it can be argued that there was barely a division at all, but a community of interchange and understanding, and palpable, constructive friendships between artists and 'natural philosophers', as scientists were called in the early nineteenth century.A central purpose of this book is to show something of the pattern of interchange between artists and scientists. From this starting point the contributors have tackled a fascinating range of subjects - the roots of Humphry Davy's visions and visionary writing; the strong scientific undertow in the paintings of John Martin; John Constable's knowledge of the Beaufort Scale at the time he painted his sky studies; the genesis of the portrait collections of learned societies in nineteenth-century London; and the work of Harriet Jane Moore, a shadowy figure in the worlds of art and science, but the painter of a unique series of watercolour interiors of Michael Faraday's laboratory at the Royal Institution.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.67" Height: 0.71" Weight: 0.97 lbs.
Publisher University of Birmingham
ISBN 1902459105 ISBN13 9781902459103
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More About James Hamilton
Hamilton is Director of the Program on Violence and the Media, Duke University.
James Hamilton currently resides in the state of North Carolina.
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A thoughtful, scholarly, insightfully informative exam Feb 5, 2002
Ably edited by James Hamilton (University Curator at the University of Birmingham, England), Fields Of Influence: Conjunctions Of Artists And Scientists 1815-1860 is a thoughtful, scholarly, insightfully informative examination of the influence that artists and scientists have had upon each other during a specific era of world history. Black-and-white illustrations bring to clear and appreciative life such artwork as a depiction of the dinosaur Iguanodon, and portraits of various famous scientists and thinkers. A fascinating historical, superbly presented retrospective, Fields Of Influence highly recommended for academicians and the non-specialist general reader with a strong interest in the histories and interactivity of both science and art.