The Warrior, the Voyager, and the Artist [electronic resource] : Three Lives in an Age of Empire.Material type: TextSeries: JSTOR eBooksThe Lewis Walpole Series in Eighteenth-Century Culture and History Ser: Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 2020Description: 1 online resource (319 p.)ISBN: 9780300249279; 0300249276Subject(s): ImperialismAdditional physical formats: Print version:: The Warrior, the Voyager, and the Artist : Three Lives in an Age of EmpireDDC classification: 759.2 LOC classification: ND497.R4Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Cover; Half Title; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Prologue: On Lives and Empire; 1 The Warrior-Diplomat: Ostenaco of the Appalachians; 2 The Artist-Philosopher: Reynolds in Britain; 3 A Cherokee Envoy and the Portrait That Failed; 4 Home to a New World: Ostenaco's American Revolution; Interlude: On Ornaments; 5 Man on a Mission: Mai from Ra'iatea; 6 The Master Ascendant: Reynolds Becomes President; 7 A Pacific Celebrity and the Portrait That Worked; 8 Return of the Traveler: Mai's Last Voyage; Epilogue: On Dying in the Eighteenth Century; Notes; Acknowledgments; Index; A; B; C; D; E
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A portrait of empire through the biographies of a Native American, a Pacific Islander, and the British artist who painted them both. This engaging history of empire brings together the stories of Joshua Reynolds and two of his portraiture subjects - Ostenaco and Mai - and explores the intrusion of the British Empire into indigenous societies and the resilience of two peoples. Fullagar uncovers the life of Ostenaco, tracing his emergence as a Cherokee warrior, his engagement with colonists through war and peace, and his eventual rejection of imperial politics during the American Revolution. She delves into the story of Mai, exploring his youth in Ra'iatea, his confrontation with war and displacement, his voyage to London on Cook's imperial expedition, and his return home with a burning ambition to right past wrongs. Woven throughout is the story of Joshua Reynolds, growing up in Devon near a key port in England, becoming a portraitist of empire, rising to the top of Britain's art world and yet maintaining an ambivalence about his nation's expansionist trajectory.
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CHOICE ReviewThrough an examination of the lives of three individuals--Ostenaco, a Cherokee skiagusta (head warrior); Mai, one of the first Pacific Islanders to have visited England; and Sir Joshua Reynolds, British artist and the first president of the Royal Academy of Arts--Fullagar (Macquarie Univ., Australia) offers important insights into the complexity of the British Empire in the 18th century. She highlights the various "faces of empire" to demonstrate that indigenous people the world over had varied and wildly different experiences with the encroaching British Empire. Importantly, she observes that indigenous people were far less impressed by Europeans than Europeans were by indigenous cultures, detailing how Mai and others were much more interested in harnessing the power of the Empire than in learning about British culture. By highlighting the views of anti-imperialists who worried about imperial overreach, Fullagar successfully argues against the assumption that all Britons enthusiastically supported imperial expansion. The personal stories and insights into the expanding empire make this a rewarding and entertaining read that will be of use to advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and specialists. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. --John Rankin, East Tennessee State University
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Kate Fullagar is an associate professor of Modern History at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. She is the author of The Savage Visit , the editor of The Atlantic World in the Antipodes , and co+'editor of Facing Empire .