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The Silent Rhetoric of the Body:
A History of Monumental Sculpture and Commemorative Art in England, 1720-1770

Matthew Craske

Price
£50
Type
Print
Publicaton Date
May 2007
Standard Number
9780300135411
Distributor
Yale University Press
Specifications
256 pages

This illuminating and original book is the first to examine eighteenth-century British funeral monuments in their social, as well as their artistic, context, looking not only at the sculptors who created the monuments, but also the people who commissioned them and the people they commemorated. Matthew Craske begins by analyzing the relationship of tomb designs to the changing and diverse culture of death in eighteenth-century England, and then explains conditions of production and the shifting dynamics of the market. He concludes with a masterly analysis of the motivations of the people who commissioned monuments, from aristocrats to merchants and professional people.