"The Warrior, the Voyager, and the Artist" by Kate Fullagar

The Warrior, the Voyager, and the Artist Three Lives in an Age of Empire Kate Fullagar

Series:
The Lewis Walpole Series in Eighteenth-Century Culture and History
Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
11 Feb 2020
ISBN:
9780300243062
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
320 pages: 235 x 156mm
Illustrations:
33 b-w illus.

This engaging history of empire brings together the stories of Joshua Reynolds and two of his portraiture subjects—Ostenaco and Mai—and explores the intrusion of the British Empire into indigenous societies and the resilience of two peoples. Fullagar uncovers the life of Ostenaco, tracing his emergence as a Cherokee warrior, his engagement with colonists through war and peace, and his eventual rejection of imperial politics during the American Revolution. She delves into the story of Mai, exploring his youth in Ra‘iatea, his confrontation with war and displacement, his voyage to London on Cook’s imperial expedition, and his return home with a burning ambition to right past wrongs. Woven throughout is the story of Joshua Reynolds, growing up in Devon near a key port in England, becoming a portraitist of empire, rising to the top of Britain’s art world and yet maintaining an ambivalence about his nation’s expansionist trajectory.

Kate Fullagar is an associate professor of Modern History at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. She is the author of The Savage Visit, the editor of The Atlantic World in the Antipodes, and co-editor of Facing Empire.

“Deftly combining indigenous studies, postcolonial perspectives, cultural history, and visual studies, Kate Fullagar produces a new portrait of Georgian Britain that is both surprising and entirely convincing.”—Douglas Fordham, University of Virginia


 “Spanning three land masses and two oceans, Faces of Empire exemplifies the very best of the new biography, and is a must read for anyone interested in the cultural history of the British Empire.”— Eliga Gould, author of the Among the Powers of the Earth:  The American Revolution and the Making of a New World Empire