Victorian Artists' Autograph Replicas: Auras, Aesthetics, Patronage and the Art Market

1st Edition

Julie F. Codell

May 18, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 344 Pages - 59 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367145828 - CAT# K410766
Series: British Art: Histories and Interpretations since 1700

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    This book is a wide-ranging exploration of the production of Victorian art autograph replicas, a painting’s subsequent versions created by the same artist who painted the first version. Autograph replicas were considered originals, not copies, and were highly valued by collectors in Britain, America, Japan, Australia, and South Africa. Motivated by complex combinations of aesthetic and commercial interests, replicas generated a global, and especially transatlantic, market between the 1870s and the 1940s and almost all collected replicas were eventually donated to US public museums, giving replicas authority in matters of public taste and museums’ modern cultural roles. This book will be of interest to scholars in art history, museum studies, and economic history.

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