for commercial reasons happy to oblige

Blue Apple

Senior Member
Persian (Iran)
Does the bold section imply "the painter and his patron were interested in the creation of paintings of British conquests, because they could make much money out of those paintings, like what television channels do by covering the news"?

Britain’s overseas exploits had captured the country’s imagination, and the portrayal of so recent and crucial an event fed the public’s craving for visual images of British imperial successes. People wanted a feeling of involvement and being au courant more than they wanted accurate information. The painter and his patron, the owner of Vauxhall Gardens, were for commercial reasons happy to oblige – a situation that finds parallels in our television age (Art and War by Laura Brandon).
  • Uncle Jack

    Senior Member
    British English
    Yes, sort of. The first part of your explanation is correct, though you might have missed the point about the paintings' lack of historical accuracy. The parallels in our television age refer probably not to news reporting itself, but program-makers' willingness to produce what the public want, without too much concern for accuracy or putting things in their context.
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