Introducing American art of the early modern period through the work of its leading masters. We trace the interaction between American and European art worlds during a period of dynamic change - including the colonial period, the exploration of the western territories and the Civil War. Finally, we see the growth of a new centre for art: from a place at the periphery of the European art work American would develop a rich and sophisticated art scene by the end of the 19th century. In the course of this survey we look at the work of some of America's leading artists: including John Singleton Copley, Frederic Edwin Church, Mary Cassatt and George Bellows.
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A lecturer specialising in 19th-century art history, I am currently a course director at the Victoria & Albert Museum, organising courses and study days on the history of art and design. I teach at several institutions, including Art Pursuits. I am a graduate of Oxford University and the Courtauld Institute, with a PhD on French 19th-century painters in Rome. I am available for both individual lectures and study days. In addition to the subjects on my page I can cover:
• Sketch and Finish in 19th-century French Painting
• Montmartre fin de siècle
• Mucha and the Slav Epic
• America and the Sublime Landscape