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The National Portrait Gallery Collection

Foister, Susan & Gibson, Robin & Rogers, Malcolm & Simon, Jacob

ISBN 10: 0904017893 / ISBN 13: 9780904017892
Published by Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1988
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: The National Portrait Gallery Collection

Publisher: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

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Shows selected paintings from the National Portrait Galley, including portraits of politicians, artists, actors, actresses, kings, queens, and the British nobility

From Publishers Weekly:

The over 200 portraits selected here by four curators from England's National Portrait Gallery cover an instructive and amusing range, from an oil painting of the lissome young Henry, Prince of Wales (1594-1612) by Robert Peake to a black-and-white photo of sultry, mascara-drenched screen star Vivien Leigh. T. S. Eliot is charmingly fractured in a squiggly-lined, quasi-cubist performance in oil by Patrick Heron, while British trade union leaders Joe Gormley, Tom Jackson and Sig Weighell are rhapsodized with unlikely neoimpressionist flourish by Hans Schwarz. The artistic divide separating the 20th century from all that preceded it is vast: the almost unfailingly monumental, studied glimpses of England's greats in centuries past contrast sharply with whimsical views of enshrined contemporaries. Of particular interest are changing fashions in depicting royalty as well: Princess Anne seems but a vague, watery, civilian shadow of a thoroughbred, while Queen Elizabeth I appears in full autocratic regalia.
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