The ‘Advice to a Painter’ Poems and the Politics of Visual Representation

  • Jane Partner
Part of the Early Modern Literature in History book series (EMLH)


Partner shows that the anonymous ‘Advice to a Painter’ satires that Marvell published after the Restoration allowed him to develop his interest in the connections between visual perception and politics. Two important but previously under-examined contexts are put forward: firstly, the political charge that had been given to visual representation in the polemical pamphlets of the civil war and beyond, especially in the Royal Image; and secondly, the political associations that attended artistic theory, according to which the representational ideals of realism and idealism had associations with opposing Parliamentarian and royalist perspectives.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jane Partner
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  1. 1.Trinity Hall and Faculty of EnglishUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK

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