In this volume, emerging and established scholars bring ethical and political concerns for the environment, nonhuman animals and social justice to the study of nineteenth-century visual culture. They draw their theoretical inspiration from the vitality of emerging critical discourses, such as new materialism, ecofeminism, critical animal studies, food studies, object-oriented ontology and affect theory. This timely volume looks back at the early decades of the Anthropocene to query the agency of visual culture to critique, create and maintain more resilient and biologically diverse local and global ecologies.

chapter 1|12 pages


ByMaura Coughlin, Emily Gephart

part 1|64 pages

Political Ecologies and the Movement of Things

chapter 2|16 pages

“A Demonstration to the World”

Art, Political Ecology and the Global American Civil War
ByAlan C. Braddock

chapter 3|17 pages

Crafting “Nature”

Ecocriticism, Environmental Violence and the Transnational Arts and Crafts Movement
ByRosie Ibbotson

chapter 4|12 pages

An Ecolonial Reassessment of the Indian Craze

Elbridge Ayer Burbank and Standing Bear
ByJessica L. Horton

chapter 5|15 pages

The Panama Canal Zone as a Hybrid Landscape

A Case Study 1
BySarah J. Moore

part 2|55 pages

Material Ecologies

chapter 6|13 pages

“A Gruesome Sight”

Randolph Rogers’s Nydia in a Marble World
ByLaura Turner Igoe

chapter 7|8 pages


Snow and Fantasies of Freezing in the Art of George Henry Durrie 1
ByGeorge Philip LeBourdais

chapter 8|14 pages

Picturing Industrial Landscapes

Ecocriticism in Constantin Meunier’s and Maximilien Luce’s Paintings of Belgium’s Black Country
ByCorina Weidinger

chapter 9|18 pages

Ruskin’s Storm-Cloud and Tyndall’s Blue Sky

New Materialist Diffractions of Nineteenth-Century Atmospheres
ByPolly Gould

part 3|35 pages

Depletion and Conservation of Natural Resources

chapter 10|10 pages

Gilded Age Dining

Eco-Anxiety, Fisheries Management and the Presidential China of Rutherford B. Hayes
ByNaomi Slipp

chapter 11|13 pages

Shifting Baselines, or Reading Art through Fish

ByMaura Coughlin

chapter 12|9 pages

“A Better Acquaintanceship with Our Fellows of the Wild”

George Shiras and the Limits of Trap Camera Photography
ByJessica Landau

part 4|51 pages

Natural Histories/Animal Agencies

chapter 13|8 pages

Petting Billy

Albert Laessle’s Significant Other(ness)
ByAnnie Ronan

chapter 14|14 pages

Looking at Leviathan

The First Live Cetaceans in Britain
ByKelly P. Bushnell

chapter 15|16 pages

How to Wear the Feather

Bird Hats and Ecocritical Aesthetics
ByEmily Gephart, Michael Rossi

chapter 16|12 pages

Visualizations of “Nature”

Entomology and Ecological Envisioning in the Art of Willem Roelofs and Vincent van Gogh
ByJoan E. Greer

part 5|34 pages

Agriculture and Resource Husbandry

chapter 17|10 pages

Coffee House Slip

Ecocriticism and Global Trade in Francis Guy’s Tontine Coffee House, N.Y.C.
ByCaroline L. Gillaspie

chapter 18|10 pages

“A Haunch of a Countess”

John Constable and the Deer Park at Helmingham Hall
ByKimberly Rhodes

chapter 19|14 pages

Cultivating Fruit and Equality

The Still-Life Paintings of Robert Duncanson
ByShana Klein