Examining colonial art through the lens of transculturation, the essays in this collection assess painting, sculpture, photography, illustration and architecture from 1770 to 1930 to map these art works' complex and unresolved meanings illuminated by the concept of transculturation. Authors explore works in which transculturation itself was being defined, formed, negotiated, and represented in the British Empire and in countries subject to British influence (the Congo Free State, Japan, Turkey) through cross-cultural encounters of two kinds: works created in the colonies subject over time to colonial and to postcolonial spectators' receptions, and copies or multiples of works that traveled across space located in several colonies or between a colony and the metropole, thus subject to multiple cultural interpretations.
Table of Contents
Contents: The art of transculturation, Julie F. Codell; Part I Art's Changing Publics and Politics: Transcultural Receptions: Baron of Bengal: Robert Clive and the birth of an imperial image, Romita Ray; Miniature paintings as transcultural objects? The John Norton and Peter Jones portraits, Kristina Huneault; The politics of transculturation: the life and art of John Frederick Lewis (1804-1876), Emily M. Weeks; The many shades of Shakespeare: representations of Othello and Desdemona in Victorian visual culture, Nancy Rose Marshall; 'Bronzed and muscular bodies': Jinrikishas, tattooed bodies and Yokohama tourist photography, Luke Gartlan; The camera and the contact zone: re-envisioning the representation of aboriginal women in the Canadian North, Susan Close; Te kai-hautu o te waka/ director of the canoe: the statue of Sir George Grey in Auckland, Mark Stocker; Ambivalent geographies: the British concession in Taijin, China, c.1860-1946, Dana Arnold. Part II When Art Moves and Multiplies: Transcultural Geographies: Divided objects of empires: Ottoman imperial portraiture and transcultural aesthetics, Mary Roberts; 'A voice from the Congo': Herbert Ward's sculptures in Europe and America, Kirsty Breedon; War and peace: Harry Bates's Lord Roberts memorial in London, Calcutta, and Glasgow, Jason Edwards; 'Wonderful pieces of stage management': reviewing masculine fashioning, race, and imperialism in John Singer Sargent's British portraits, c.1897-1914, Andrew Stephenson; Colonial nationalism and closer union: Hugh Lane in South Africa, Morna O'Neill; Bibliography; Index.
'This book significantly advances the field of art and empire, our knowledge of imperial artists, and our sense of the visual as a key medium for understanding the meeting of cultures under asymmetrical relations of power.' Tim Barringer, Yale University, USA
'This edited volume reveals the vital contribution Victorian studies and art history can make to the study of transculturation ... Codell provides an insightful overview of the concept ...' Victorian Studies