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Hugh Honour

The Image of the Black in Western Art From the American Revolution to World War I, Vol. 4, Part 1, Slaves and Liberators, and Vol. 4, Part 2, Black Models and White Myths

Menil Foundation in association with Harvard University Press

1990 Nonfiction

The Image of the Black in Western Art From the American Revolution to World War I, Vol. 4, Part 1, Slaves and Liberators, and Vol. 4, Part 2, Black Models and White Myths
These two volumes by Hugh Honour, a distinguished British art historian, provide an exhaustive survey of European and American depictions of black people in painting and sculpture during the century and a half from the end of classicism to the beginning of modernism. Honour places each work in its social context, yet his study refuses to treat works of art merely as historical documents. Instead, it inquires into how social realities enable and constrain the possibilities of art.

Honour was born in Eastbourne, Sussex, England. He received a Bachelor of Arts from St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge. While at Cambridge, Honour met John Fleming, a solicitor and amateur art historian, who would become Honour’s life partner. Honour accepted a position as Assistant director of Leeds City Art Gallery and Temple Newsan House but left after one year to join Fleming in Italy. Living in Asolo near Venice, Honour produced his first book, a cultural guide to Venice. The pair were then commissioned by publisher Allen Lane to edit the Style and Civilization series, for which Honour wrote the volumes on Neo-classicism and romanticism; the Architect and Society series; and the Art in Context series. Honour was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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    Hugh Honour

    Born: 1927

    Other Works

    • Penguin Dictionary of Architecture (1966)
    • The New Golden Land: European Images of America from the Discoveries to the Present Time (1975)
    • Penguin Dictionary of Decorative Arts (1977)
    • The Visual Arts: A History (1982)
    • The Venetian Hours of Henry James, Whistler, and Sargent (1991)

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