CategoriesArt & Architecture FACE OF BRITAIN: The Nation Through Its Portraits

FACE OF BRITAIN: The Nation Through Its Portraits

SIMON SCHAMA    Book Number: 81621    Product format: Hardback

Published to accompany the BBC TV series, Simon Schama combines his two great passions, British history and art history, and works closely with the curators of the NPG to reveal the truth behind the nation's most famous portrayals of power, love, fame, the self and the people. With over 100 images from the National Portrait Gallery's collection, in both colour and black and white, each is afforded a full page in this heavyweight, monumental history book of 603pp. Churchill and his painter locked in a struggle of stares and glares; Gainsborough watching his daughters run after a butterfly; the first black Othello in the 19th century; the poet-artist Rossetti trying to capture on canvas what he couldn't possess in life; a surgeon-artist making studies of wounded faces brought in from the Battle of the Somme; a naked John Lennon five hours before his death. In the age of the selfie, Schama has written a tour de force about the long exchange of looks from which British portraits have been made over the centuries, building a collective picture of Britain. See Hampton House in 1762, portraits of Alice Liddell from 1858 and 1872 and blood-thirsty satirical caricatures by James Gillray 1793 or his deeply moving Poor Blind Man of 1812. The story goes right back to a self portrait from a Book of Hours by William de Brailes, c.1240, here depicted in colour. With index and bibliography, 603pp in first edition hardback. Colour illustrated laminate cover with wrapper.

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