The Warrior, the Voyager, and the Artist: Three Lives in an Age of Empire

2021 - Shortlisted


This is an innovative and exhilarating account of three 18th-century lives: the British painter Joshua Reynolds, the Cherokee warrior Ostenaco and the Ra’iatean Mai. Bringing together these three men allows Kate Fullagar to think in new ways, not only about encounters between the British empire and Indigenous societies, but to explore the assumptions and limitations of biography itself. This surprising and intelligent work draws on a deep well of research to animate a historical period in which worlds and world views collided.