From Cleland to Byron: the unexpurgated British version of Italian art

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The article seeks to provide a sample of non-canonical eighteenth-century British responses to Italian art – sometimes of a salacious nature – and to tie such responses both to the interaction between aesthetic education and sexual opportunity on the Grand Tour and to the wider eighteenth-century narratives of scepticism, irony, taste and sentiment. Its protagonists range from art critics such as the Richardsons and famous writers such as Smollett, Burns and Byron through John Cleland (author of Fanny Hill) to Grand Tourists and collectors such as Charles Townley and John Bacon Sawrey Morritt.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-194
Number of pages14
JournalJournal for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Issue number2
Early online date11 May 2010
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010


  • irony
  • sentiment
  • taste
  • scepticism
  • non-canonical art criticism
  • Byron
  • Cleland
  • Jonathon Richardson senior and junior


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