xiv, 221 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 30 cm
1. Persona and Status -- 2. An Artist Negotiates the French Revolution -- 3. Immorality and the Directoire -- 4. Portraiture and Identity -- 5. Spectacle and Leisure -- 6. Viewing and Spectatorship.
Boilly has long been recognized as the most significant painter of everyday life in Napoleonic France. His portraits and genre scenes provide delightful illustrations of the period. In this book, Susan Siegfried argues that Boilly's paintings should be read not just for their documentary detail but also for their wider cultural significance - for the light they shed on social and sexual tensions of the era.