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“Edwardian Opulence” highlights British art and creation of the era


Etheldreda Janet Laing, 1908

For fans of the Edwardian-era tumblr meme, a new book out on Yale University Press sheds new light on this much-admired and oft-cited decade: “Edwardian Opulence: British Art at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century” explores “themes of power [and] nostalgia” and “issues of creation, consumption, and display” during the Edwardian era, via art and objets of various provenance.  Portraits by beloved artists like John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini feature alongside a selection of rare Autochrome color photographs, fashion and accessories, and more.  Much like the many scanned postcards and photos floating around the internet, crowding pinterest boards, design studio corkboards, and the like, imagery from within the book is a rich source of inspiration, capturing leisurely moments in the lives of society women and more throughout.

ISBN 9780300190250, now available here.  Photography below via AnotherMagazine.


John Simon Warburg, 1909


Alvin Langdon Coburn, 1908


Alvin Langdon Coburn, 1908


Mervyn O’Gorman, 1912

-Kelly Miller

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