Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Politics of Patronage: Cultural Authority and the Collections of the Earls of Pembroke at Wilton House
by Spraggs-Hughes, Amanda, M.A., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2017, 85; 10191789
Abstract (Summary)

This paper examines the cultural and material history of early Modern Britain as demonstrated through the art acquisitions and art and architectural commissions of the Earls of Pembroke at Wilton House in Wiltshire.

By examining the collection of the 4th Earl, it is demonstrated that the cultural authority was firmly in the hands of the monarchy. With the Civil War and subsequent execution of Charles I in 1649, the previously held power of the monarch as central artistic authority was diminished. This is demonstrated in the collection of Philip’s grandson Thomas, 8 th Earl of Pembroke. The nature of Thomas’s collection and role in the scientific enlightenment in England suggest that cultural authority has shifted away from the monarchy to science and the academy.

The examination of the primary source materials for this project is supported by the usage of Omeka, a web based archiving and presentation tool used by archives and museums field of digital humanities.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Paulett, Robert
Commitee: Manuel, Jeffrey, Poole, Katherine
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: Historical Studies
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 56/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Art history, History
Keywords: Country house, Digital humanities, England, English Civil War, Scientific revolution, Van Dyck
Publication Number: 10191789
ISBN: 9780355054026
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