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The warrior, the voyager, and the artist : three lives in an age of empire

Title
The warrior, the voyager, and the artist : three lives in an age of empire / Kate Fullagar.
ISBN
9780300243062
Publication
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2020]
Physical Description
306 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Summary
A portrait of empire through the biographies of a Native American, a Pacific Islander, and the British artist who painted them both. This engaging history of empire brings together the stories of Joshua Reynolds and two of his portraiture subjects - Ostenaco and Mai - and explores the intrusion of the British Empire into indigenous societies and the resilience of two peoples. Fullagar uncovers the life of Ostenaco, tracing his emergence as a Cherokee warrior, his engagement with colonists through war and peace, and his eventual rejection of imperial politics during the American Revolution. She delves into the story of Mai, exploring his youth in Ra'iatea, his confrontation with war and displacement, his voyage to London on Cook's imperial expedition, and his return home with a burning ambition to right past wrongs. Woven throughout is the story of Joshua Reynolds, growing up in Devon near a key port in England, becoming a portraitist of empire, rising to the top of Britain's art world and yet maintaining an ambivalence about his nation's expansionist trajectory.
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
December 02, 2019
Series
Lewis Walpole series in eighteenth-century culture and history.
The Lewis Walpole series in eighteenth-century culture and history
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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