The Letters of Elizabeth Rigby, Lady Eastlake

Edited by Julie Sheldon

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ISBN: 9781846311949

Publication: June 1, 2009

Series: Liverpool English Texts and Studies 55

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A PDF version of this book is available for free in open access via the OAPEN Library platform (www. oapen. org). 2009 was the bicentenary of the birth of the English writer, translator, critic and amateur artist Elizabeth Rigby, Lady Eastlake (1809-1893). Bringing together a comprehensive collection of her surviving correspondence, the Letters of Elizabeth Rigby, Lady Eastlake reveals significant new material about this extraordinary figure in Victorian society. The scope of Lady Eastlake’s writing is wide and interdisciplinary, which recommends her as a significant figure in Victorian culture, giving rise to revelations about the ways in which different cultural activities were linked. Lady Eastlake lived for extended periods of time abroad in Germany and Estonia, and wrote an early work about her impressions of the Baltic, her subsequent writing took the form of reviews for the periodical press, including reviews of Jane Eyre, Vanity Fair, Ruskin, Coleridge, and Madame de Stael. She also wrote on women’s subjects, including articles on the education of women. However, the great proportions of her publications are art-related reviews: she wrote one of earliest critical texts on photography and produced several essays on artists. The lively correspondence of Lady Eastlake not only contributes to a more holistic understanding of nineteenth-century culture, it also shows how a well connected woman could play an important role in the Victorian art world.

Julie Sheldon is Professor of Art History at Liverpool John Moores University, where she is also Dean of the Graduate School. She has published widely on nineteenth and twentieth century art and her work includes: Modern Art: A Critical Introduction (2004), Making American Art (2008), Art in a City Revisited (2009), The Letters of Lady Eastlake (2009) and Art for the Nation (2011).

Contents Acknowledgements Abbreviations Introduction The Letters 1830 1834 1835 1836 1837 1840 1841 1842 1843 1844 1845 1846 1847 1848 1849 1851 1852 1853 1854 1855 1856 1858 1859 1860 1861 1862 1863 1864 1865 1866 1867 1868 1869 1870 1871 1872 1873 1874 1875 1876 1877 1878 1879 1880 1881 1882 1883 1884 1885 1886 1887 1888 1889 1890 1891 1892 1893 Chronological Bibliography of Works by Elizabeth Eastlake Select Bibliography Index

Spirited and outspoken, Lady Eastlake had a significant impact on the life of mid-Victorian London. Julie Sheldon’s meticulous edition of her rich correspondence makes a powerful contribution to our understanding of the cultural controversies of the period, and of the part that a confident and well-connected woman could play in these debates.
Dinah Birch  
University of Liverpool

Format: Hardback

Size: 239 x 163 mm

608 Pages

Copyright: © 2009

ISBN: 9781846311949

Publication: June 1, 2009

Series: Liverpool English Texts and Studies 55

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