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Britain in the nineteenth century saw a series of technological and social changes which continue to influence and direct us today. Its reactants were human genius - money and influence - its crucibles the streets and institutions - its catalyst time - its control the market.In this rich and fascinating book - James Hamilton investigates the vibrant exchange between culture and business in nineteenth-century Britain - which became a centre for world commerce following the industrial revolution. He explores how art was made and paid for - the turns of fashion - and the new demands of a growing middle-class - prominent among whom were the artists themselves. While leading figures such as Turner - Constable - Landseer - Coleridge - Wordsworth and Dickens are players here - so too are the patrons - financiers - collectors and industrialists; lawyers - publishers - entrepreneurs and journalists; artists suppliers - engravers - dealers and curators; hostesses - shopkeepers and brothel keepers; quacks - charlatans and auctioneers. Hamilton brings them all vividly to life in this kaleidoscopic portrait of the business of culture in nineteenth-century Britain - and provides thrilling and original insights into the working lives of some of our most celebrated artists....
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