National Portrait Gallery: A Portrait of Britain - the exhibition catalogue from National Portrait Gallery available to buy at Museum Bookstore

National Portrait Gallery: A Portrait of Britain

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A richly illustrated guide to the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery in London.

The collection of the National Portrait Gallery contains more than 11,000 paintings, sculptures and works on paper and over a quarter of a million photographs. 

This book presents a broad selection of the personalities that have shaped the last four centuries of British life portrayed by artists as diverse as Hans Holbein, David Bailey, Joshua Reynolds and Paula Rego.

The featured works are arranged chronologically in sections, each of which is prefaced by a text written by the curator responsible for that period, drawing on their expert knowledge and recent research. Each image is accompanied by an extended caption with information on the sitter and the artist and its historical and creative context.

Special features, which include making art in Tudor Britain, miniatures, sculpture, early photography, twenty- and twenty-first-century photography, self-portraits, celebrity and non-traditional media, offer insight into particular areas of the collection. An introductory essay explains the history and purpose of the museum and is illustrated with material from the Gallery's archive, including photographs, plans, letters and sketchbooks.

  • Author: Tarnya Cooper and Sandy Nairne
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Date published: October 2014
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1855144859
  • Product Dimensions: 26.9 x 23.1 x 2.3 cm

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