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Art versus industry?

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Art versus industry?: New perspectives on visual and industrial cultures in nineteenth-century Britain, edited by Kate Nichols, Rebecca Wade, and Gabriel Williams (Oxford University Press, 2016).

Art versus industry? is about the encounters between the visual arts and industry in Britain during the long nineteenth-century. It looks beyond the oppositions that were established between these two spheres by later interpretations of the work of John Ruskin, William Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement, to reveal surprising examples of collaboration DS between artists, craftspeople, designers, inventors, curators, engineers and educators DS at a crucial period in the formation of the cultural and commercial identity of Britain and its colonies.

This lively and richly illustrated collection operates across disciplines to explore such diverse subjects as the production of lace, the mechanical translation of sculpture, the display of stained glass, the use of the kaleidoscope in painting and pattern design, the emergence of domestic electric lighting, the politics of ornament and the development of art and design education and international exhibitions in India. With contributions by leading academics in the fields of art history, museums studies and the history and philosophy of science, its approach is as varied as its contents, often drawing on little-used primary sources and offering new perspectives on existing literature.

Art versus industry? provides an essential source to both students and academics in the (British) histories of art and design, museum studies, the history and philosophy of science and postcolonial studies. It will also appeal to the general reader interested in the industrial and visual cultures of the Victorian period.

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