Woman Behind the Painter: The Diaries of Rosalie, Mrs. James Clarke Hook
University of Alberta, 2006 - Всего страниц: 246
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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