Landscape, Innovation, and Nostalgia The Manton Collection of British Art Jay A. Clarke, Tim Barringer, Ann Bermingham, David Blayney Brown, Antony Griffiths, Anne Lyles, Patrick Noon, Leslie Paisley, Amelia Rauser, Sam Smiles

Publication date:
28 Aug 2012
Clark Art Institute
312 pages: 279 x 241mm
447 color + 9 b-w illus.
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Business leader and arts patron Sir Edwin A. G. Manton (1909-2005) and his wife Florence, Lady Manton assembled an outstanding collection of 18th- and 19th-century British artwork. A gift to the Clark Art Institute from the Manton Foundation in 2007, their collection features more than three hundred oil paintings, watercolours, drawings, and prints, including works by John Constable, J. M. W. Turner, Thomas Gainsborough, and William Blake.

In a series of wide-ranging essays, prominent scholars consider the major works and themes in the collection, relating them to larger issues within the field of British studies. Individual essays are devoted to Constable's oil sketches, cloud studies, and his magisterial painting The Wheatfield; the growth of the watercolour tradition; print portfolios and narrative series; Thomas Rowlandson's satiric drawings; and Gainsborough's use of experimental materials as revealed through recent scientific analysis. The volume concludes with an illustrated checklist of the works in the collection.

Jay A. Clarke is Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.

"This elegant celebratory volume indicates how [Sir Edwin A.G. Manton’s donation of British art] has already enabled new research, with essays by top scholars on artistic media - including watercolour - and individual artists." Apollo Magazine, December 2012