Framing Robert Aggas: the Painter-Stainers' Company and the "English School of Painters"

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Drawing on unpublished archival material, this essay offers a new understanding of London's Painter–Stainers' Company during the second half of the seventeenth century. Beginning and ending with a discussion of the English painter Robert Aggas, whose Landscape at Sunset became the centrepiece of an ambitious display of paintings within the Painter–Stainers' Hall, the essay identifies the Company as a vital presence within the cultural economy of the early modern capital. A reassessment of the Company's attitude towards overseas painters during the later 1600s points to the cosmopolitan make-up of the self-styled ‘English school’ of painting, first chronicled in Bainbrigg Buckeridge's influential An Essay towards an English School of Painters (1706).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)322-41
Number of pages20
JournalArt History
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008

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