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date: 17 October 2019

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The period from 1737 to 1840 ushered in a revolution in British scenography. The Georgian theatre influenced and reflected the culture of the period, and a crucial part of the theatrical experience was predicated on the visual innovations of the designers, painters, and specialty artisans charged with setting the scene. Transformative illusion was heightened through the conjunction of skill in design, paint, and the new technologies which increasingly centralized the role of the set as an all-enveloping experience. By the early nineteenth century, the spectator could embark on a vicarious voyage as the stage became an important site of collective travel, as mediated through art. This chapter describes the shifting status of scenography, and outlines the technical aspects of developments in the creation of scene and spectacle, situating stage painting within specific historical and cultural contexts. The efforts and innovations of specific scene painters are highlighted within these cultural milieus.

Keywords: scenography, painting, painters, visual culture, vicarious voyage, art, set design, illusion, spectacle

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