The Tudors Viewed by French Romantic Artists


in Tudorism

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Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780197264942
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754111 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

The Tudors Viewed by French Romantic Artists

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This chapter singles out two features of the cult of British historical themes in French Romantic painting, and focuses on the most prominent of the artists who cultivated such scenes involving Tudors and Stuarts: Paul Delaroche. It argues that the pronounced nineteenth-century French interest in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English history was a form of displacement, so that Delaroche's painting of the execution of Lady Jane Grey (1834), for example, opened up for the French viewer a space in which to negotiate memories of the Terror within the relative comfort of a more distant and foreign historical moment.

Keywords: British historical themes; French Romantic painting; Paul Delaroche; English history; Lady Jane Grey; the Terror; Tudor; Stuarts

Chapter.  6679 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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