Misprisions of London

Arnold, Dana (2017) Misprisions of London. Art History, 40 (4). 770–783. ISSN 0141-6790

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Abstract

Early nineteenth-century London is often seen as the architecturally poor cousin of other European cities. The backward glance of the historian presents a story of unrealized urban visions and abandoned grand projects rather than focusing on what was actually achieved and built. Contemporaries viewed things differently; London was ‘the new Rome’, the first city of a new Empire, and the new classical architecture and urban planning made reference to its ancient counterpart. The nostalgia for a temporally distant Rome was predicated on the invented memory of its architectural splendours. But ancient Rome was in ruins. For London to equal the status of Rome would it too need to become a ruin? Did its future lie in fragments?

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Part of the special issue "Art History at 40: Image and Memory"
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Art History and World Art Studies
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2017 05:12
Last Modified: 26 May 2022 15:32
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/63208
DOI: 10.1111/1467-8365.12336

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