By James Hamilton
Britain within the 19th century observed a sequence of technological and social adjustments which proceed to steer and direct us this day. Its reactants have been human genius, funds and impact, its crucibles the streets and associations, its catalyst time, its regulate the market.
In this wealthy and interesting booklet, James Hamilton investigates the colourful trade among tradition and enterprise in nineteenth-century Britain, which grew to become a centre for international trade following the commercial revolution. He explores how artwork used to be made and paid for, the turns of style, and the recent calls for of a starting to be middle-class, favourite between whom have been the artists themselves.
While prime figures comparable to Turner, Constable, Landseer, Coleridge, Wordsworth and Dickens are avid gamers the following, so too are the shoppers, financiers, creditors and industrialists; legal professionals, publishers, marketers and reporters; artists' providers, engravers, buyers and curators; hostesses, shopkeepers and brothel keepers; quacks, charlatans and auctioneers.
Hamilton brings all of them vividly to existence during this kaleidoscopic portrait of the company of tradition in nineteenth-century Britain, and gives exciting and unique insights into the operating lives of a few of our so much celebrated artists.
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Klein and I attack. One SPAD attacked Klein and I chased him away. I was attacked by four to six Nieuports and got several hits in my machine. I then saw six to eight Triplanes above us, and I attacked a Sopwith flying over Langemarck. Both my guns failed to fire a round (levers broken), however, which was a great pity for otherwise he would have been a sure goner. 'In the morning a big British attack was launched. Apparently all is not well in the Ypres salient. In fierce counter attacks during the day the enemy was thrown back to the old lines, but only at Langemarck.
One SPAD attacked Klein and I chased him away. I was attacked by four to six Nieuports and got several hits in my machine. I then saw six to eight Triplanes above us, and I attacked a Sopwith flying over Langemarck. Both my guns failed to fire a round (levers broken), however, which was a great pity for otherwise he would have been a sure goner. 'In the morning a big British attack was launched. Apparently all is not well in the Ypres salient. In fierce counter attacks during the day the enemy was thrown back to the old lines, but only at Langemarck.
At 1115 hrs on 15 December, von Beaulieu joined a Kette led by Turck and including Kleffel and Strahle. Over Gavrelle, the group dived out of the sun onto three Camels from No 43 Sqn. 'We kept together well as I throttled back', Strahle commented. 'One of us fired too soon. Kleffel almost ran into me, a wild dogfight developed — unfortunately without success. Over Willeval, Vimy, four SEs or Sopwiths started another dogfight. The Tommies could not do a thing and eventually had to retreat. Our Kette flew very well, especially von Beaulieu, who was on his first flight over the Front'.
A Strange Business: Making Art and Money in Nineteenth-Century Britain by James Hamilton