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    The evidence of the conversation piece: Thomas Bardwell's The Broke and Bowes Families (1740)

    Retford, Kate (2010) The evidence of the conversation piece: Thomas Bardwell's The Broke and Bowes Families (1740). Cultural and Social History 7 (4), pp. 493-510. ISSN 1478-0038.

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    Abstract

    The picture discussed apparently represents a 'snapshot' of eighteenth-century family life. However, it is argued in this article that it is problematic to approach such visual material as if it can render direct evidence of a past, historical reality. This is not simply because art may distort or misrepresent its subject matter. Such an approach is also in danger of ignoring the potential evidence embodied in the representation itself - in this case, both a highly self-conscious 'display' of modern life and an historically meaningful act of artistic prowess.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Conversation piece, visuality, mediation, portraiture, everyday life
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Arts > History of Art
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 13 May 2011 10:47
    Last Modified: 08 Apr 2014 12:12
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/3276

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