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Deranged and virtuous widowhood: Horace Vernet’s 'Woman driven insane by love' and 'Edith recovering Harold’s body after the battle of Hastings’

Lee, S. (2017) Deranged and virtuous widowhood: Horace Vernet’s 'Woman driven insane by love' and 'Edith recovering Harold’s body after the battle of Hastings’. In: Hornstein , K. and Harknett, D. (eds.) Horace Vernet and the Thresholds of Nineteenth-Century Visual Culture. Interfaces: Studies in Visual Culture. Dartmouth College Press, Hanover, New Hampshire, pp. 153-170. ISBN 9781512600414

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This article examines two images of widowhood depicted by Horace Vernet (1789-1863)- 'Woman driven insane by love' and 'Edith recovering Harold’s body after the battle of Hastings'. While the former treated the deranged mental trauma associated with the loss of a beloved during the Napoleonic campaigns, the latter depicted a stoical female response to a spouse's death. Both works are considered within the context of Vernet's challenges to traditional definitions of genre and to his strategy to appeal both to radical factions and to official bodies.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Humanities > History
ID Code:73180
Publisher:Dartmouth College Press

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