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Lady Butler : war artist and traveller, 1846-1933

Author: Catherine Wynne
Publisher: Dublin, Ireland : Four Courts Press, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This is the first biography of Victorian Britain's greatest war artist, Elizabeth Thompson Butler, who found fame and public acclaim after exhibiting her Crimean War painting The Roll Call in 1874. A favourite of Queen Victoria, she quickly became one of the most celebrated women of the time. She transformed war art by depicting conflict trauma, decades before its designation as a medical condition, and her art  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Elizabeth Butler; Elizabeth Butler; Elizabeth Southerden Butler
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Catherine Wynne
ISBN: 9781846826498 1846826497
OCLC Number: 1091579440
Description: xiv, 268 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 28 cm
Contents: Liverpool to Lausanne, 1844-6 --
South of England to the Italian Riviera: the making of an artist, 1847-61 --
Road to fame, 1862-73 --
The war path: from The Roll Call to Inkerman, 1874-7 --
Painting Ireland, Afghanistan, South Africa and Scotland Forever!, 1878-81 --
Egypt, 1882-6 --
Dinan, Delgany and Alexandria, 1887-93 --
Aldershot, Dover, Cape Town, Devonport and Bansha, 1893-1909 --
Wars and beyond: the Irish years, 1909-33.
Responsibility: Catherine Wynne.

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"This is the first biography of Victorian Britain's greatest war artist, Elizabeth Thompson Butler, who found fame and public acclaim after exhibiting her Crimean War painting The Roll Call in 1874. A favourite of Queen Victoria, she quickly became one of the most celebrated women of the time. She transformed war art by depicting conflict trauma, decades before its designation as a medical condition, and her art championed the ordinary soldier and the dispossessed. Elizabeth Butler achieved celebrity as painter of the British empire in martial mode at a time when Britain's military supremacy was threatened by conflicts in Crimea, Ireland, the Sudan and elsewhere. However, her art became increasingly at odds with the jingoistic mood among the British public at the turn of the century, and by 1914 her reputation was in decline. Married to William Butler, an Irish Catholic officer in the British army, her life in art was a life spent in travel, accompanying her husband on his military postings from Egypt to South Africa. Settling in Ireland from 1905, she witnessed the turbulence of the War of Independence and Civil War. Her Irish paintings include 'Listed for the Connaught Rangers and the politically controversial Evicted. This is a story of travel and history, war and conflict. Catherine Wynne describes brilliantly how a female artist succeeded in this heavily, and often prejudicially, gendered world, and in doing so celebrates the remarkable artistic genius of Elizabeth Butler."--from publisher

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