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Charles Dibdin and Late Georgian Culture$
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Oskar Cox Jensen, David Kennerley, and Ian Newman

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198812425

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198812425.001.0001

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Dibdin and John Raphael Smith

Dibdin and John Raphael Smith

Print Culture and Fine Art

(p.158) Interlude 3 Dibdin and John Raphael Smith
Charles Dibdin and Late Georgian Culture

Nicholas Grindle

Oxford University Press

This interlude builds on insights into the relationship between song and visual culture by discussing in detail the relationship between Charles Dibdin and the artists George Morland and John Raphael Smith, who produced numerous high-art paintings based on Dibdin’s songs. It considers the implications of this appropriation of a popular musical tradition by the elite art world, and provides a compelling account of the overlapping worlds of fine art, the theatre, and musical entertainment by examining the clubs and societies in which they mingled. It concludes by relating this to issues of professionalism and status, matters of supreme importance to a self-made man such as Dibdin.

Keywords:   prints, art, George Morland, print culture, society, Rudolph Ackermann, professional

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