Art and the Sea

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Art and the Sea

Studies in Port and Maritime History, 3


April 15th, 2022

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'An original and significant volume of fresh research and new interpretations in a multi-disciplinary field of study, this important text promotes the dynamic interaction of maritime and artistic approaches to the past, providing new methodologies, insights and options for the future.' Professor Andrew Lambert, King's College London

This edited collection re-examines the relationship between art and the sea, reflecting growing interest in the intersections between art and maritime history. Artists have always been fascinated by and drawn to the sea and this book considers some of the themes and approaches in art that have evolved as a result of this captivation. The chapters consider how an examination of art can provide new insights into existing knowledge of port and maritime history, and are representative of a ‘cultural turn’ in port and maritime studies, which is becoming increasingly visible.
In Art and the Sea, multiple perspectives are offered as a result of the contributors’ individual positions and methodologies: some museological, others art historical or maritime-historical. Each chapter proposes a new way of building upon available interpretations of port and maritime history: whether this be to reject, support or reconsider existing knowledge.
The book as a whole is a timely addition, therefore, to the developing body of revisionist texts in port and maritime history. The interdisciplinary nature of the volume relates to a current trend for interdisciplinarity in art history and will appeal to those with an interest in art history, geography, sociology, history and transport / maritime studies.

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Emma Roberts is Associate Dean (Global Engagement) at Liverpool John Moores University.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
List of Images7
1. Paintings of Port Buildings and Ships in Qing Dynasty Canton during the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries25
2. The Art of Cable Laying55
3. Victorian Identity and the Sea: Imagining the Nation in Banal Maritime Art77
4. ‘And so the idea of the Collection was born’: The Macpherson Collection of Maritime Prints from its Inception to the First Display at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich101
5. Lie Back and Drink of England: National Identity, Nostalgia and Sea Travel in Edward Bawden’s The English Pub123
6. The Paintings of Walter Hemming in the German Maritime Museum: Contextualising Conformity with the National Socialist Regime145
7. Designing the Ocean Liners of Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany167
8. Illuminating the History of the Training Ship HMS Conway through Stained Glass Windows189
Notes on Contributors221