Synopses & Reviews
The Edwardian age was as brief as the Victorian era that preceded it was long. It has been depicted as an indolent summer afternoon of imperial and elite complacency, but also as a period of rapid political, economic, and artistic change, culminating in the First World War. This magnificent book explores themes of power, nostalgia, and a contrasting lightness of touch that characterized the period. Issues of creation, consumption, and display are examined through a range of objects, including portraits by Sargent and Boldini, diamond tiaras and ostrich-feather fans, jewel-like Autochrome color photography, and a spectacular embroidered gown that belonged to theand#160;American-born Vicereine of India.and#160;Spanning divides of class and geography, this book identifies opulence and leisure as driving forces for the domestic and imperial British economic engine in the early years of the 20th century.
"A dramatic, rich-looking book . . . a terrific survey of art, photographs and fashion of the time."and#8212;Lorna Koski, Women's Wear Daily
With nearly 400 color and black-and-white illustrations, this stunning book investigatesand#160;the distinctive architecture, interior decor, fashion, and fine arts created during the relatively brief but complex period between the death of Queen Victoria and the First World War.
About the Author
Angus Trumble is senior curator of painting and sculpture at the Yale Center for British Art. Andrea Wolk Rager is visiting assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University.