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Title :

Vortigern, Rowena, and the ancient Britons : historical art and the Anglicization of national origin

Author :
FEIBEL, Juliet ;
Publication year :
2000
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Explores the 18th-c. fascination with the legend of Vortigern, a 5th-c. British king who fell in love with the Saxon girl Rowena who seduced him at a banquet as part of political machinations. The banquet episode became in history writings and painting representative of the fall of Britain. Between the years 1770 and 1800, the banquet scene was the subject of no less than five major history paintings, three of which were presented at the Royal Academy, and all of which were reproduced as popular prints. Artists depicting the subject include John Hamilton Mortimer, Francis Hayman, Nicholas Blakey, John Francis Rigaud, William Hamilton, and Angelica Kauffmann. Essay argues that the interest in Vortigern and Rowena resulted from the search for the national origin of the English, a search undertaken at the expense of Welsh legend and antiquarian research. ;
Pagination/Size :
4 ill. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Blakey, Nicholas, act.1747, m.1758 ; Estampe ; Grande-Bretagne ; Hamilton, William, 1751-1801 ; Hayman, Francis, 1708-1776 ; Iconographie ; Identité nationale ; Kauffmann, Angelica, 1741-1807 ; Mortimer, John Hamilton, 1740/41-1779 ; Peinture ; Peinture d'histoire ; Rigaud, John Francis, 1742-1810 ; Rowena ; Vortigern ; 1700-1800 ;
Descriptors :
Blakey, Nicholas, act.1747, d.1758 ; Great Britain ; Hamilton, William, 1751-1801 ; Hayman, Francis, 1708-1776 ; History painting ; Iconography ; Kauffmann, Angelica, 1741-1807 ; Mortimer, John Hamilton, 1740/41-1779 ; National identity ; Painting ; Prints ; Rigaud, John Francis, 1742-1810 ; Rowena ; Vortigern ; 1700-1800 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
Eighteenth-century life, 2000, 24, 1, winter
INIST identifier :
24985398 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 0098-2601 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
University Center for International Studies, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Publisher country :
UNITED STATES ;