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Transatlanticism: Identities and Exchanges -

Issue 9 - 2009

This issue, guest edited by Ella Dzelzainis and Ruth Livesey, explores the transformative flow of texts, images and ideas back and forth between Britain and America in the long nineteenth century. The provenance of our lead image, Niagara Falls, from the American Side (1867), echoes this transatlantic movement. Painted by an American, Frederic Edwin Church, it was bought in 1887 by the Scottish emigrant, John S. Kennedy, who presented it to his native Scotland. Capturing the sublime and vast potential of America through its portrayal of a rainbow over the Falls, the picture now hangs in the National Gallery in Edinburgh.

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