The Counter-Arts Conspiracy




    History of art: 1400-1600

    The Counter-Arts Conspiracy

    Art and Industry in the Age of Blake

    Morris Eaves

    Cornell University Press 1992

    Hardback 420pp Illustrated 214x252mm

    9780801424892   Product Code: 20153

    William Blake thought that the art establishment of Georgian England was controlled by 'a gang of cunning hired knaves' conspiring to suppress genuine originality and creativity. This ground-breaking study examines the reasons for his belief, and sets it against the political, commercial, religious and technological conditions of the day. Extensively illustrated with contemporary prints, the study also casts light on the crisis that affected English painting at the time, and on Blake's unique response to the birth of mass communication.

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