Woman Behind the Painter: The Diaries of Rosalie, Mrs. James Clarke Hook

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University of Alberta, 2006 M03 4 - 246 páginas
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Rosalie Hook's diaries of her doings at home and abroad with her painter husband provide a fascinating window on the Victorian art world. James Clarke Hook, a brilliant and successful painter whose "Hookscapes" uniquely acquainted the British public with the beauties of their shores, first took his young bride to Italy on a traveling studentship awarded by the Royal Academy; and Rosalie eagerly records her response to the art treasures around her, to the ceremonies surrounding the Pope at Easter, to Vesuvius in eruption, and then to the political upheavals of the Risorgimento. Her Italy Diary vividly documents a sympathetic English response to the volatile southern culture. The son of a bankrupt, James Clarke Hook (1819-1907) managed, at a time of unprecedented prestige for the artist, to paint himself into country-gentlemanhood. Rosalie's Silverbeck Diary, a telegraphic account that covers five decades, records the family's acquisition and gradual transformation of a beautiful and ultimately self-supporting estate, their professional travels to the sites where Hook painted his Hookscapes, Hook's deep involvement in the affairs of the Royal Academy, and their sons' apprenticeship as they followed in their parents' footsteps and became painters too. Juliet McMaster's biographical and historical introduction and notes make for lively reading while she examines the Hooks' cultural experiences in the turbulent scene of excitement and revolution in Italy. She also documents their busy professional life among such contemporary artists as Samuel Palmer and F.G. Stephens (both close friends), Millais (who painted Hook's portrait) Holman Hunt and Alfred Hunt (Hook's tenants), Birket Foster, and others. The book comes richly illustrated with the Hooks' photographs, sketches, and splendid paintings.
 

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Illustrations
ix
Acknowledgements
xv
Note on the Texts
xix
Professional and Domestic Partnership
xxiii
The Italy Diary 18461848
xxxv
The Italy Sketchbook
lv
The Silverbeck Diary 18531896
lx
The Italy Diary 18461848
1
Naples
52
Back to Florence
60
The Way to Parma
84
Venice
99
Homeward Bound
110
The Silverbeck Diary 18531896
121
Index of Artists
201
Burton Family Tree
217

The Way to Florence
3
Florence
17
The Way to Rome
21
Rome
29
The Way to Naples
50
Hook Family Tree from Adam Clarke
218
Works Cited
221
Index
225
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Juliet McMaster is University Professor Emerita in English at the University of Alberta and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She is a long-time literary critic and author of highly readable books on Jane Austen, Dickens, Thackeray, and Trollope.

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