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Published: 31 May 2020

325 Pages | 69 black and white and halftone illustrations

9 x 6 inches

ISBN: 9781789620030

Bookseller Code (09)

Fancy in Eighteenth-Century European Visual Culture

Edited by Melissa Percival and Muriel Adrien

Voltaire Foundation in association with Liverpool University Press

Oxford University Studies in The Enlightenment

  • The first book to link the concept of fancy across visual media and across Europe during the long 18th-century
  • Argues that fancy should be taken seriously despite its reputation for triviality and whimsicality
  • Identifies fancy as a creative act, a type of production, and a mode of reception, the common threads being freedom and pleasure
  • Varied content: fancy pictures, chinoiserie, fans, gardens, urban design
  • International authors; mix of established and younger scholars