The Dictionary of Portrait Painters in Britain up to 1920

The Dictionary of Portrait Painters in Britain up to 1920

Book - 1997
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To appreciate the phenomenon one only has to attend a standard auction sale of British paintings where as many as a third of the items are portraits. Moreover there are galleries devoted exclusively to portraiture in London, Edinburgh and Dublin - an indication of an enthusiasm for the subject unmatched anywhere else in the world. This seemingly unquenchable thirst for portraits of individuals, families and friends has meant that for over four hundred years, native-born portrait artists have been joined by their foreign-born colleagues, attracted to these isles by the vast number of commissions available. Yet, ironically, most general art historical dictionaries give scant coverage to the many men and women who specialised in what is arguably the most difficult of all subject matter to paint. Attention has been focused on court painters and a favoured few, rarely if ever on the full spectrum of the profession with its wealth of talent. This dictionary redresses the balance. Listing over 5,000 portraitists working in Britain from the early 16th to the early 20th century, it is the product of many years of intense research providing much original genealogical information never before published, and lavishly illustrated by 76 full colour and 340 black and white plates. A substantial new title in the Antique Collectors' Club series of standard reference works, it cannot fail to be an indispensable resource for auction houses, dealers, galleries, libraries and collectors. AUTHOR: Brian Stewart began his career at Christie's and is now an acknowledged authority on British art. He lectures extensively, is a contributor to magazines and journals and consultant to public galleries, collectors and dealers throughout the world. He has collaborated on a large number of exhibitions including At Length - the Victorian Panorama of Life, The Smiths of Chichester and This Land is Our Land - Aspects of Agriculture in English Art. Mervyn Cutten, a genealogist of many years' experience, is Archivist and Alderman of the Ancient Corporation of St Pancras, Chichester. He has collaborated with Brian Stewart on a number of books and exhibition catalogues, as well as publishing individually. 76 colour & 370 b/w illustrations
Publisher: Woodbridge : Antique Collectors' Club, 1997
ISBN: 9781851491735
Branch Call Number: 759.2 St491D 1997
Characteristics: 502 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm


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