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Glyn Philpot, 1884-1937: Edwardian Aesthete to Thirties Modernist

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A second hand copy of this rare catalogue of Glyn Philpot's portraits

Published for the exhibition held at the National Portrait Gallery, this catalogue demonstrates that this little-known artist was not only one of the most gifted portrait painters in a long British tradition, but also an original and sensitive artist, whose work has a recognizably individual technique and strength of style.

Philpot was a very successful and wealthy portrait painter during the first twenty years of the 20th century and became an RA at a very early age. The subtitle, Edwardian Aesthete to Thirties Modernist, relates to the dramatic change in style adopted by the artist around 1932 when he took up a more Modernist, but still representative, style after years of success as a portrait painter.

The book contains an excellent short chronology, a well written introduction to the life and work of the artist and then an extensive illustrated catalogue of the paintings, drawings and watercolours, sculpture, book illustrations and family photographs of Philpot. The catalogue betrays its age in one respect in that virtually all the illustrations are in black and white, there are only twelve full colour plates although these do represent some of his most iconic pictures. 

  • Author: Robin Gibson
  • Hardcover: 144 pages | 150 illustrations
  • Date published: November 1986
  • Language: English
  • Condition: Very good
  • ISBN: 978-0904017618

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