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Pressly, William L. 1944-

Overview
Works: 48 works in 148 publications in 1 language and 4,344 library holdings
Genres: Exhibition catalogs  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Catalogs  Art  Biography  Catalogues raisonnés 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor
Classifications: N6797.B38, 760.0924
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by William L Pressly
The life and art of James Barry by William L Pressly( Book )

18 editions published between 1974 and 1981 in English and held by 488 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Singleton Copley in England by Emily Ballew Neff( Book )

14 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 439 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Singleton Copley is well known in America as the creator of the finest portraits of the Colonial era. Less well known is the fact that he left America in 1774, when the impending armed struggle between the Colonies and England threatened to destroy his livelihood, and settled in London to pit himself ambitiously against the Old Masters and the English giants of the day. Copley's English career was long and brilliant - and represents the most important period of his working life. During the forty-one years he spent in England, Copley created his great masterpieces of history painting and portraiture that stand as key monuments of British painting. From the earliest days of his career in London Copley realized that he would have to do everything possible to stand out in a crowded field of painters and create works that would bring him instant notice. This he did with his first great English picture, The Copley Family (1776-77) and, even more dramatically, with the landmark Watson and the Shark (1778). He quickly mastered the elements of the fashionable English style of painting, exchanging the tight and linear handling of the Colonial period for one more fluid and expressive. By the 1780s Copley was reckoned one of the most important painters working in England, a clear rival to his compatriot Benjamin West. With his masterpiece, The Death of Major Pierson (1784), Copley assumed a place of primacy in the field of history painting. While William L. Pressly gives a balanced, up-to-date exposition of Copley's English career, Emily Ballew Neff examines his masterpiece, The Death of Major Pierson, in particular detail, and is the author of the catalogue of his major English works. This is a long overdue study of this important painter
The French Revolution as blasphemy : Johan Zoffany's paintings of the massacre at Paris, August 10, 1792 by William L Pressly( Book )

13 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From his profoundly conservative point of view, the Revolution turned "rightful" hierarchies upside down - the domination of men over women, of whites over blacks, of aristocrats over the rest of society, and Christianity over atheism and blasphemy. Zoffany's paintings, Pressly shows, have a religious dimension that transforms them, giving them a higher symbolic purpose. By alluding in them to such sacred subjects as the Crucifixion, the Massacre of the Innocents, and the Last Supper, Zoffany broke new ground, conveying Christian themes in a radically new format
A catalogue of paintings in the Folger Shakespeare Library : "as imagination bodies forth" by William L Pressly( Book )

9 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

James Barry : the artist as hero by William L Pressly( Book )

14 editions published in 1983 in English and Undetermined and held by 293 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The artist as original genius : Shakespeare's "fine frenzy" in late-eighteenth-century British art by William L Pressly( Book )

11 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book examines the first generation of artists in Britain to define themselves as history painters, attempting what then was considered to be art's most exalted category. Seizing on the new critical discourse of original genius as championed in new books such as Edward Young's Conjectures on Original Composition of 1759, they rejected tradition in favor of looking to "the god within." In reconfiguring the nature of history painting, they went on to redefine the role of the artist as well. In doing so, they heralded the beginnings of the Romantic movement."--Jacket
James Barry, 1741-1806 : history painter by Tom Dunne( Book )

10 editions published between 2010 and 2016 in English and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

James Barry, 1741-1806 : 'the great historical painter' by Tom Dunne( Book )

9 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

James Barry's murals at the Royal Society of Arts : envisioning a new public art by William L Pressly( Book )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Between 1777 and 1784, the Irish artist James Barry (1741-1806) executed six murals for the Great Room of the [Royal] Society of Arts in London. Although his works form the most impressive series of history paintings in Great Britain, they remain one of the British art world's best kept secrets, having attracted little attention from critics or the general public. 'James Barry's Murals at the Royal Society of Arts' is the first to offer an in-depth analysis of these remarkable paintings and the first to demonstrate that the artist was pioneering a new approach to public art in terms of the novelty of the patronage and the highly personal nature of his content. Barry insisted on, and received, complete control over his subject matter, the first time in the history of Western art that the patron of a large, impressive interior agreed to such a demand. The artist required autonomy in order to present his personal vision, which encompasses a rich and complex surface narrative as well as a hidden meaning that has gone unperceived for 230 years. The artist disguised his deeper message due to its inflammatory nature. Were his meaning readily apparent, the Society would have thrown out him and his murals. Ultimately, as this book seeks to show, the artist intended his paintings to engage the public in a dialogue that would utterly transform British society in terms of its culture, politics, and religion. In making this case, the book brings this neglected series into the mainstream of discussions of British art of the Romantic period, revealing the intellectual profundity invested in the genre of history painting and re-evaluating the role Christianity played in Enlightenment thought."
No Cross, no crown : prints by James Barry from the collection of William L. and Nancy Pressly by Snite Museum of Art( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Samuel Palmer : the etching dream ... exhibition Jan. 6-Feb. 7, 1971 by Princeton University( Book )

3 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Facts and recollections of the XVIIIth century in a memoir of John Francis Rigaud Esq., R.A by Stephen Francis Dutilh Rigaud( Book )

2 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Samuel Palmer : the etching dream ; an exhibition held January 6 - February 7 1971 ; the Art Museum, Princeton University by William L Pressly( )

1 edition published in 1970 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On classic ground : James Barry's "Memorials" of the Italian landscape by William L Pressly( )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Samuel Palmer: the etching dream; an exhibition held Jan. 6-Feb. 7, 1971 by Princeton University( Book )

3 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Genius unveiled : the self-portraits of Johan Zoffany by William L Pressly( )

1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The life and art of James Barry by William L Pressly( )

1 edition published in 1975 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

[Rezension von:] Webster, Mary: Francis Wheatley. - London, 1970 by William L Pressly( )

1 edition published in 1971 in Undetermined and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The praying mantis in Surrealistic Art by William L Pressly( )

1 edition published in 1973 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Acquisition in focus : Johan Zoffany as "David the anointed one" by William L Pressly( )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The life and art of James Barry
Alternative Names
Pressly, William Laurens 1944-

Languages
English (116)

Covers
John Singleton Copley in EnglandThe French Revolution as blasphemy : Johan Zoffany's paintings of the massacre at Paris, August 10, 1792A catalogue of paintings in the Folger Shakespeare Library : "as imagination bodies forth"The artist as original genius : Shakespeare's "fine frenzy" in late-eighteenth-century British artJames Barry, 1741-1806 : history painter