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Into the Gulf

Rosemary Hill, 17 December 1992

A Sultry Month: Scenes of London Literary Life in 1846 
by Alethea Hayter.
Robin Clark, 224 pp., £6.95, June 1992, 0 86072 146 9
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Painting and the Politics of Culture: New Essays on British Art 1700-1850 
edited by John Barrell.
Oxford, 301 pp., £35, June 1992, 9780198173922
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London: World City 1800-1840 
edited by Celina Fox.
Yale, 624 pp., £45, September 1992, 0 300 05284 7
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... in 1833 and, equally important in its way, ‘Elizabethan’ in 1817. The period which began, as Celina Fox says in her introduction, with King and mistresses ended with Queen and family. Moral, social and artistic distinctions hardened, but at the turn of the century the divisions between fine and applied art, art and science, and science, magic and ...

As God Intended

Rosemary Hill: Capability Brown, 5 January 2012

The Omnipotent Magician: Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown 1716-83 
by Jane Brown.
Chatto, 384 pp., £20, March 2011, 978 0 7011 8212 0
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... with its much admired cascades was attended by a crowd of local people which included 80 colliers. Celina Fox, in The Arts of Industry in the Age of Enlightenment, a thoughtful book that would have made a useful addition to Jane Brown’s bibliography, writes that ‘all engineering is social engineering’, and Brown’s contemporaries on both sides of ...

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