Sanguinary engagements
Exhibiting the naval battles of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars
in Exhibiting the empire
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This chapter focuses on the visual responses to the First of June as a case study for the ways in which Britain's identity as an imperial nation began to be shaped through visual culture. It argues that the unprecedented array of visual responses to the First of June set the stage for a battle of representational modes and aesthetic strategies that would play out over the course of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. The chapter aims to refine an approach to the nexus of art, spectacle and maritime concerns in several ways. The occlusion of the naval panorama's relationship to marine painting is no doubt due to the peripheral status to which maritime visual culture has been relegated in relation to mainstream art history. Robert Barker's advertisement establishes a continuum between the panorama and other representations of naval engagements, and marks its difference.

Exhibiting the empire

Cultures of display and the British empire

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