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Anglomania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion

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By Andrew Bolton, with an introduction by Ian Buruma

Anglomania gripped Europe during the mid to late eighteenth century. Continental Anglophiles such as Voltaire and Montesquieu saw England as a land of reason, freedom, and tolerance. Yet what began as an intellectual phenomenon became, and has remained, a matter of style. Through the lens of fashion, this volume examines aspects of English culture that continue to capture the imaginations of Europeans and Americans, among them the class system, sport, royalty, pageantry, eccentricity, the gentleman, and the country garden. Englishness is a romantic construct, formed by fictive and imaginary narratives. These narratives are, however, not merely the product of European-American Anglophilia but are fostered by the English themselves. As this book reveals, they can be found in the novels of Samuel Richardson and in the paintings of George Stubbs and William Hogarth. AngloMania presents historical costumes with clothing of the late 20th and early 21st centuries in a series of theatrical vignettes staged in the Museums English Period Rooms. The illuminating and entertaining texts are complemented by an essay, which traces the desire for all things British.

160 pages, 81 full-color illustrations. 9'' x 12 1/4''. Hardcover; clothbound, with jacket.

  • 160 pages
  • 81 full-color illustrations
  • 9'' x 12 1/4''
  • Hardcover
  • Clothbound, with jacket

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Description

By Andrew Bolton, with an introduction by Ian Buruma

Anglomania gripped Europe during the mid to late eighteenth century. Continental Anglophiles such as Voltaire and Montesquieu saw England as a land of reason, freedom, and tolerance. Yet what began as an intellectual phenomenon became, and has remained, a matter of style. Through the lens of fashion, this volume examines aspects of English culture that continue to capture the imaginations of Europeans and Americans, among them the class system, sport, royalty, pageantry, eccentricity, the gentleman, and the country garden. Englishness is a romantic construct, formed by fictive and imaginary narratives. These narratives are, however, not merely the product of European-American Anglophilia but are fostered by the English themselves. As this book reveals, they can be found in the novels of Samuel Richardson and in the paintings of George Stubbs and William Hogarth. AngloMania presents historical costumes with clothing of the late 20th and early 21st centuries in a series of theatrical vignettes staged in the Museums English Period Rooms. The illuminating and entertaining texts are complemented by an essay, which traces the desire for all things British.

160 pages, 81 full-color illustrations. 9'' x 12 1/4''. Hardcover; clothbound, with jacket.





  • 160 pages
  • 81 full-color illustrations
  • 9'' x 12 1/4''
  • Hardcover
  • Clothbound, with jacket


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