Burning Bright

Essays in Honour of David Bindman

Edited by Diana Dethloff, Caroline Elam, and Tessa Murdoch and with Kim Sloan


ISBN: 9781910634189

Publication: September 11, 2015

This book celebrates the work and career of the internationally renowned art historian, David Bindman, on the occasion of his 75th birthday, and is above all a tribute to him from his former students and colleagues.

With essays on sculpture, drawings, watercolours and prints, the volume reflects the extraordinary range of Bindman’s knowledge of works of art and his impact through his teaching and research on the understanding of British and European artistic developments from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. The essays cast light on questions of technique and stylistic change, patronage, collecting and iconography, and engage with issues such as the representation of race, gender, sexuality, political violence and propaganda, exile, and notions of the canon. The artists discussed here include Hogarth, Blake, Roubiliac, Thorvaldsen and Canova, all subjects of books by David Bindman, as well as Morland, Rowlandson, Gillray, Millais, Munch, Nevinson, and Heartfield.

Praise for Burning Bright

'Burning Bright is a delightful tribute to Bindman’s wide-ranging interests and influence, including his curation of exhibitions such as the British Museum’s The Shadow of the Guillotine (1989), and his collecting and gifts to other collections.'
The Art Newspaper

Diana Dethloff is Academic Administrator in the History of Art Department, UCL.

Kim Sloan is the Francis Finlay Curator of the Enlightenment Gallery and Curator of British Drawings and Watercolours before 1880, Department of Prints and Drawings, British Museum.

Tessa Murdoch is Deputy Keeper, Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics and Glass, Victoria and Albert Museum.

Caroline Elam is a Senior Research Fellow at the Warburg Institute, University of London. She specialises in architecture, art and patronage in the Italian Renaissance and in the reception of early Italian art in the late nineteenth and twentieth century. She has held academic positions at the University of Glasgow, King’s College, Cambridge and Westfield College, University of London.

Foreword: Celebrating David Bindman
Caroline Elam


Introduction: Carving a Niche in Sculptural History 
Tessa Murdoch

Netherlandish Allegories of Madness in English Perspective <
Léon E. Lock

Michael Rysbrack’s Sculpture Series for Queen Caroline’s Library at St James’s Palace
Joanna Marschner

Roubiliac’s Hogarth and the Playful Portrait Bust  
Malcolm Baker

Spinning the Thread of Life: The Three Fates, Time and Eternity 
Tessa Murdoch

Collecting a Canon: The Earl of Northumberland at Northumberland House and Syon House
Joan Coutu

Eccentric Pioneers? Patrons of Modern Sculpture for Britain c.1790 
Julius Bryant

Canova and Thorvaldsen at Chatsworth 
Alison Yarrington

William Wyon as a Pupil and Follower of Flaxman 
Mark Jones


Introduction: ‘A close inspection’ of British Paintings and Drawings, ‘within the context of their own time’
Kim Sloan

‘The gipsey-race my pity rarely move’? Representing the Gypsy in George Morland’s Morning, or the Benevolent Sportsman
Nick Grindle

The Face of Saartjie Baartman: Rowlandson, Race and the ‘Hottentot Venus’
Alison E. Wright

Blake, Linnell and Varley and A Treatise on Zodiacal Physiognomy 
Martin Butlin 

William Blake’s Sodomites
Martin Myrone

Edward Harding and Queen Charlotte
Jane Roberts

John Everett Millais, James Wyatt of Oxford and a Volume of Retzsch’s Outlines to Shakespeare: a Missing Link
Stephen Calloway

An Aesthetic Sitter on an Empire Sofa: William Blake Richmond’s Portrait of Mrs Luke Ionides
Mark Evans

‘A dose of Paradise’: Some Effects of Renaissance Drawings on Victorian Artists
Susan Owens


Introduction: A Fine Line: Collecting, Communication and the Printed Image
Diana Dethloff

‘I will not alter an Iota for any Mans Opinion upon Earth’: James Gillray’s Portraits of William Pitt the Younger
Simon Turner

Amorous Antiquaries: Sculpture and Seduction in Rowlandson’s Erotica
Danielle Thom

Infernal Machines in Nineteenth-Century France
Richard Taws

Wood-engravings from the Collection of Francis Douce at the Ashmolean Museum
Mercedes Ceron

‘The Human Element’: The Contribution of C.R.W. Nevinson and Eric Kennington to the Britain’s E orts and Ideals Lithographic Project of 1917
Jonathan Black

Idea and Reality: Edvard Munch and the Woodcut Technique 
Ute Kuhlemann Falck

John Heart eld: A Political Artist’s Exile in London 
Anna Schultz

David Bindman’s Publications

Tabula Gratulatoria 

Image Credits

'Burning Bright is a delightful tribute to Bindman’s wide-ranging interests and influence, including his curation of exhibitions such as the British Museum’s The Shadow of the Guillotine (1989), and his collecting and gifts to other collections.'
The Art Newspaper


Format: Paperback

Size: 210 × 285 mm

280 Pages

colour illustrations

ISBN: 9781910634189

Publication: September 11, 2015

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