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Elizabeth Butler's literary and artistic landscapes : Ireland, Egypt and the Holy Land

Wynne, Catherine

Authors

Dr Catherine Wynne C.Wynne@hull.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer/ Director of Postgraduate Taught (English subject group) / Ambassador for the School of Arts FACE Employee Experience



Abstract

Although best known as a military artist and praised by John Ruskin, Elizabeth Butler (1846–1933) also produced two illustrated books of travel writing, Letters from the Holy Land (1903) and From Sketch-Book and Diary (1909). This essay examines Butler's work in the context of imperial mobility, and explores her participation in discourses of empire. Examination of her travel narratives and selected paintings reveal a sophisticated engagement with the landscapes of empire and colony, shifting between her husband's military postings in Egypt in the 1880s and 1890s to their home in Ireland. Butler's travels in the West and the East produce exotic landscapes in painting and prose that evoke varied responses incorporating religious identifications, social sympathies, and orientalist inscriptions.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2009-08
Journal Prose Studies
Print ISSN 1743-9426
Electronic ISSN 1743-9426
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 31
Issue 2
Pages 126-140
APA6 Citation Wynne, C. (2009). Elizabeth Butler's literary and artistic landscapes : Ireland, Egypt and the Holy Land. Prose Studies, 31(2), (126-140). doi:10.1080/01440350903323553. ISSN 1743-9426
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/01440350903323553
Keywords Elizabeth Butler; Military painting; Travel; Ireland; Egypt; Holy Land; Empire; Colonialism
Publisher URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01440350903323553
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