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The mower, the sower, and the mayor: Thomas Hardy and Hamo Thornycroft, encounters and affinities

Thomas, Jane

Authors

Professor Jane Thomas J.E.Thomas@hull.ac.uk
Professor of Victorian and Early 20th Century Literature/ Head of Subject for English and Creative Writing

Abstract

This essay explores the intellectual and creative friendship between Thomas Hardy and Hamo Thornycroft, who met in 1883 when they were engaged upon works that were to define their respective careers. Hardy’s The Mayor of Casterbridge and Thornycroft’s The Mower testify to the concern of both artists to dignify with the permanence of art fleeting moments of collision between the old world and the new whilst striving to balance the desire to idealize with the imperatives of the real.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 2, 2018
Journal Word & image
Print ISSN 0266-6286
Electronic ISSN 1943-2178
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 34
Issue 1
Pages 7-15
Institution Citation Thomas, J. (2018). The mower, the sower, and the mayor: Thomas Hardy and Hamo Thornycroft, encounters and affinities. Word and Image, 34(1), 7-15. https://doi.org/10.1080/02666286.2017.1327306
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/02666286.2017.1327306
Keywords Hardy, Thomas, 1840-1928; Thornycroft, William Hamo, Sir, 1850-1925; New sculpture; Rural labour
Publisher URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02666286.2017.1327306
Copyright Statement © 2018 University of Hull
Additional Information This is the accepted manuscript of an article published in Word & image, 2018. The version of record is available at the DOI link in this record.

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