British Portrait Drawings, 1600-1900 Twenty-Five Examples from the Huntington Collection

British Portrait Drawings, 1600-1900 Twenty-Five Examples from the Huntington Collection
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  • Comments: 1982 paperback. Some shelf wear to covers including small corner bump. Binding is tight. Text is clean.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780873281232
  • ISBN: 0873281233
  • Publisher: Huntington Library Press


Wark, Robert R.


The Huntington collection of British art includes not only the unrivaled full-length, life-size portrait paintings, but also many examples of the less familiar, more informal, but charming side of British portraiture--the drawings. In this book, twenty-five of these drawings are reproduced, each accompanied by a facing page of commentary. There are works in pencil, pen, wash, pastel, watercolor, and various combinations thereof. Some are presentation works intended to fill a more private and intimate function than the life-scale portraits in oil. Some are preparatory studies for works of art. Some are casual sketches made for the artist's own enjoyment or as a record of a memorable face. The drawings are representative examples of the work of twenty-five artists. They range in date from the early seventeenth century to the early twentieth and vary enormously in style and purpose. They include "plumbagos," miniatures in pencil done by the masters of the form, Loggan and Forster; drawings done in pencil and wash by Cosway, Lawrence, and Harlow; drawings by Greenhill and Gardner; and drawings used as preliminary studies for portraits to be done in oils by Ramsay, Fuseli, and Mortimer. Together with Wark's text, they demonstrate the quality of British achievement, the variety in types, and the fascinating complexity in appeal.Wark, Robert R. is the author of 'British Portrait Drawings, 1600-1900 Twenty-Five Examples from the Huntington Collection' with ISBN 9780873281232 and ISBN 0873281233.

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