Gainsborough

A Portrait

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Author: James Hamilton

Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson

ISBN: 1474600530

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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** Selected as a Book of the Year in The Times, Sunday Times and Observer ** 'Compulsively readable - the pages seem to turn themselves' John Carey, Sunday Times 'Brings one of the very greatest [artists] vividly to life' Literary Review Thomas Gainsborough (1727-88) lived as if electricity shot through his sinews and crackled at his finger ends. He was a gentle and empathetic family man, but had a volatility that could lead him to slash his paintings, and a loose libidinous way of speaking, writing and behaving that shocked many deeply. He would be dynamite in polite society today. In this exhilarating new biography - the first in decades - James Hamilton reveals Gainsborough in his many contexts: the easy-going Suffolk lad, transported to the heights of fashion by a natural talent; the rake-on-the-make in London, learning his art in the shadow of Hogarth; falling on his feet when he married a duke's daughter with a handsome private income; the top society-portrait painter in Bath and London who earned huge sums by bringing the right people into his studio; the charming and amusing friend of George III and Queen Charlotte who nevertheless kept clear of the aristocratic embrace. There has been much art history written about this chameleon of art, but with fresh insights into original sources, Gainsborough: A Portrait transforms our understanding of this fascinating man, and enlightens the century that bore him.

Gainsborough

A Portrait

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Author: James Hamilton

Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson

ISBN: 9781474601061

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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** Selected as a Book of the Year in The Times, Sunday Times and Observer ** 'Compulsively readable - the pages seem to turn themselves' John Carey, Sunday Times 'Brings one of the very greatest [artists] vividly to life' Literary Review Thomas Gainsborough lived as if electricity shot through his sinews and crackled at his finger ends. He was a gentle and empathetic family man, but had a shockingly loose, libidinous manner and a volatility that could lead him to slash his paintings. James Hamilton reveals the artist in his many contexts: the talented Suffolk lad, transported to the heights of fashion; the rake-on-the-make in London, learning his craft in the shadow of Hogarth; the society-portrait painter in Bath and London who earned huge sums by charming the right people into his studio. With fresh insights into original sources, Gainsborough: A Portrait transforms our understanding of this fascinating man, and enlightens the century that bore him.

Gainsborough

A Portrait

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Author: James Hamilton

Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson

ISBN: 9781474600521

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 448

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** BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week ** 'Compulsively readable - the pages seem to turn themselves' John Carey, Sunday Times Thomas Gainsborough (1727-88) lived as if electricity shot through his sinews and crackled at his finger ends. He was a gentle and empathetic family man, but had a volatility that could lead him to slash his paintings, and a loose libidinous way of speaking, writing and behaving that shocked many deeply. He would be dynamite in polite society today. In this exhilarating new biography - the first in decades - James Hamilton reveals Gainsborough in his many contexts: the easy-going Suffolk lad, transported to the heights of fashion by a natural talent; the rake-on-the-make in London, learning his art in the shadow of Hogarth; falling on his feet when he married a duke's daughter with a handsome private income; the top society-portrait painter in Bath and London who earned huge sums by bringing the right people into his studio; the charming and amusing friend of George III and Queen Charlotte who nevertheless kept clear of the aristocratic embrace. There has been much art history written about this chameleon of art, but with fresh insights into original sources, Gainsborough: A Portrait transforms our understanding of this fascinating man, and enlightens the century that bore him.

Thomas Gainsborough

a country life

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Author: Hugh Belsey,Thomas Gainsborough

Publisher: Prestel Pub

ISBN: N.A

Category: Art

Page: 96

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This new study on Thomas Gainsborough concentrates on the early life and works of the great eighteenth-century artist. Gainsborough?s talent was evident at a young age, and before he established himself as one of London?s leading portrait artists he was able to indulge himself in his true passion, landscapes, as well as providing portraits for a provincial clientele.

Lovers and Strangers

An Immigrant History of Post-War Britain

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Author: Clair Wills

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141974966

Category: History

Page: 464

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TLS BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2017 'Generous and empathetic ... opens up postwar migration in all its richness' Sukhdev Sandhu, Guardian 'Groundbreaking, sophisticated, original, open-minded ... essential reading for anyone who wants to understand not only the transformation of British society after the war but also its character today' Piers Brendon, Literary Review 'Lyrical, full of wise and original observations' David Goodhart, The Times The battered and exhausted Britain of 1945 was desperate for workers - to rebuild, to fill the factories, to make the new NHS work. From all over the world and with many motives, thousands of individuals took the plunge. Most assumed they would spend just three or four years here, sending most of their pay back home, but instead large numbers stayed - and transformed the country. Drawing on an amazing array of unusual and surprising sources, Clair Wills' wonderful new book brings to life the incredible diversity and strangeness of the migrant experience. She introduces us to lovers, scroungers, dancers, homeowners, teachers, drinkers, carers and many more to show the opportunities and excitement as much as the humiliation and poverty that could be part of the new arrivals' experience. Irish, Bengalis, West Indians, Poles, Maltese, Punjabis and Cypriots battled to fit into an often shocked Britain and, to their own surprise, found themselves making permanent homes. As Britain picked itself up again in the 1950s migrants set about changing life in their own image, through music, clothing, food, religion, but also fighting racism and casual and not so casual violence. Lovers and Strangers is an extremely important book, one that is full of enjoyable surprises, giving a voice to a generation who had to deal with the reality of life surrounded by 'white strangers' in their new country.

The Art of Thomas Gainsborough

"a Little Business for the Eye"

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Author: Michael Rosenthal,Thomas Gainsborough

Publisher: Paul Mellon Ctr for Studies

ISBN: 9780300081374

Category: Art

Page: 312

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"The book begins by charting the geography and professional tactics of a career that took Gainsbourgh from London to Suffolk, Bath and eventually back to London. Rosenthal looks at such wide-ranging topics as how artists manipulated the press, the issue of likeness in portraiture, how rivalries between painters were handled in public and private, and the pressures of the public exhibition. The second part of the book explores the manifestations of Gainsborugh's aesthetic in portraiture, landscape painting and paintings of sensibility. Rosenthal concludes with a discussion of the problem of defining a role and proper form for the fine arts at a time of rapid social change and innovation."--BOOK JACKET.

Gainsborough's Vision

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Author: Amal Asfour,Paul Williamson

Publisher: Liverpool University Press

ISBN: 9780853238744

Category: Art

Page: 325

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Thomas Gainsborough, one of the most popular British painters, has been celebrated as a landscapist, a portrait painter, and a man of feeling whose impetuous character is revealed in his art, life and letters. This book reveals that the style, themes and ideas of Gainsborough’s paintings constitute purposeful expressions of an intellectual and visual culture whose importance in the development of eighteenth-century British art has gone unrecognized. "Amal Asfour and Paul Williamson have set out to make us look more knowledgeably at the paintings of Gainsborough... their treatment is richly informative."—George Steiner, The Observer "Asfour and Williamson display a profound knowledge of 18th-century aesthetics... a highly stimulating book."—The British Art Journal

Thomas Gainsborough and the Modern Woman

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Author: Benedict Leca,Aileen Ribeiro,Amber Ludwig,Cincinnati Art Museum,San Diego Museum of Art

Publisher: D Giles Limited

ISBN: 9781904832850

Category: Art

Page: 193

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Thomas Gainsborough and the Modern Woman focuses specifically on the artist's portraits of well-known society women. Starting with the Cincinnati Art Museum's famous portrait of Ann Ford (1760) it opens up an entirely new angle in the study of Gainsborou

A Strange Business: Art, Culture, and Commerce in Nineteenth Century London

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Author: James Hamilton

Publisher: Pegasus Books

ISBN: 1605988715

Category: Art

Page: 400

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A vivid excursion into London's nineteenth century art world, evoking the famed personalities, social changes, and technological advances that sparked a revolution in art commerce. Britain in the nineteenth century saw a series of technological and social changes which continue to influence and direct us today. Its reactants were human genius, money and influence, its crucibles the streets and institutions, its catalyst time, its control the market. In this rich and fascinating book, James Hamilton investigates the vibrant exchange between culture and business in nineteenth-century Britain, which became a center for world commerce following the industrial revolution. He explores how art was made and paid for, the turns of fashion, and the new demands of a growing middle-class, prominent among whom were the artists themselves. While leading figures such as Turner, Constable, Landseer, Coleridge, Wordsworth, and Dickens are players here, so too are the patrons, financiers, collectors and industrialists; publishers, entrepreneurs, and journalists; artists' suppliers, engravers, dealers and curators; hostesses, shopkeepers and brothel keepers; quacks, charlatans, and auctioneers. Hamilton brings them all vividly to life in this kaleidoscopic portrait of the business of culture in nineteenth-century Britain, and provides thrilling and original insights into the working lives of some of the era's most celebrated artists.

Turner - A Life

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Author: James Hamilton

Publisher: Sceptre

ISBN: 1444795155

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

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The definitive biography of Turner and a major source of inspiration for the acclaimed film Mr Turner, directed by Mike Leigh. 'With splendid clarity and shrewd humour, James Hamilton evokes the visceral world of a great artist and a fascinating character.' MIKE LEIGH J.M.W Turner exhibited his work proudly but was correspondingly reticent about his private life. In 1799, aged 24, he became an Associate of the Royal Academy at the youngest possible age. While influential collectors competed to buy his paintings, Turner travelled widely, observing landscape and people, and collecting material for a cycle of images that would come to express the collective identity of Britain. In this lucid blend of vibrant biography and acute art history, James Hamilton introduces Turner to a new generation of readers and paints a picture of a uniquely generous human being, a giant of the nineteenth century and a beacon for the twenty-first.

Thomas Gainsborough

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Author: Martin Postle

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Portrait painting, British

Page: 80

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Martin Postle reassesses Gainsborough's attitudes towards the central aspects of his art: landscape and portraiture. This book also examines the impact upon his career of the Royal Academy and the Court of St James's.

The Face of Britain

A History of the Nation Through Its Portraits

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Author: Simon Schama

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190621885

Category: Art

Page: 608

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Author of a number of celebrated works, including the bestselling The Story of the Jews and Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution, Simon Schama's latest book fuses history and art to create a tour de force of narrative sweep and illuminating insight. Using images from works-paintings, photographs, lithographs, etchings, sketches-found in London's National Portrait Gallery, The Face of Britain weaves together an account of their composition, framed by their particular moment of creation, and in the process unveils a collective portrait of nation and its history. "Portraits," Schama writes, "have always been made with an eye to posterity." Commissioned to paint Winston Churchill in 1954 Graham Sutherland struggled with how to capture the "savior" of Great Britain honestly and humanely. Schama calls the portrait, initially damned, the "most powerful image of a Great Briton ever executed." Annie Leibovitz's photograph of a nude John Lennon kissing Yoko Ono, taken five hours before his murder, bears "a weight of poignancy she could not possibly have anticipated." Hans Holbein's preparatory sketch for a portrait of Henry VIII depicts "an unstoppable engine of dynastic generation." Here are expressions from across the centuries of normalcy and heroism, beauty and disfigurement, aristocracy and deprivation, the familiar and the obscure-the faces of courtesans, warriors, workers, activists, playwrights, the high and mighty as well as pub-crawlers. Linking them is Schama's vibrant exploration of how their connective power emerges from the dynamic between subject and artist, work and viewer, time and place. Schama's compelling analysis and impassioned evocation of these works create an unforgettable verbal mosaic that at once reveals and transforms the images he places before us. Lavishly illustrated and written with the storytelling brio that is Schama's trademark, The Face of Britain invites us to look at a nation's visual legacies and find its reflection.

Gainsborough

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Author: Nicola Kalinsky,Thomas Gainsborough

Publisher: Phaidon Incorporated Limited

ISBN: N.A

Category: Art

Page: 126

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Thomas Gainsborough (1727-88) was one of the most brilliant and original portrait painters of the eighteenth century, surpassing his great rival Reynolds with his ability to capture a likeness and in his superb handling of paint. He was also a talented and sensitive landscape painter and has been hailed as the father of the British landscape school, paving the way for artists such as Constable and Turner. This book contains many of Gainsborough's most famous paintings, including, Mr and Mrs Andrews and The Blue Boy, and also many lesser-known and revealing works. Nicola Kalinsky is Deputy Keeper at the National Portrait Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh. She was previously Keeper at Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, where she co-authored catalogues on Gainsborough (1988) and Lebrun (1990).

Consumptive Chic

A History of Beauty, Fashion, and Disease

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Author: Carolyn A. Day

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350009407

Category: Design

Page: 208

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During the late 18th and early 19th centuries, there was a tubercular 'moment' in which perceptions of the consumptive disease became inextricably tied to contemporary concepts of beauty, playing out in the clothing fashions of the day. With the ravages of the illness widely regarded as conferring beauty on the sufferer, it became commonplace to regard tuberculosis as a positive affliction, one to be emulated in both beauty practices and dress. While medical writers of the time believed that the fashionable way of life of many women actually rendered them susceptible to the disease, Carolyn A. Day investigates the deliberate and widespread flouting of admonitions against these fashion practices in the pursuit of beauty. Through an exploration of contemporary social trends and medical advice revealed in medical writing, literature and personal papers, Consumptive Chic uncovers the intimate relationship between fashionable women's clothing, and medical understandings of the illness. Illustrated with over 40 full color fashion plates, caricatures, medical images, and photographs of original garments, this is a compelling story of the intimate relationship between the body, beauty, and disease - and the rise of 'tubercular chic'.

Thomas Gainsborough

Experiments in Drawing

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Author: Marco Simone Bolzoni

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781911300458

Category: Drawing

Page: 84

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Celebrated as the most notable portrait and landscape painter of Georgian England, Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788) was also a brilliant and experimental draftsman. Accompanying an exhibition at the Morgan Library & Museum, New York, Thomas Gainsborough: Experiments in Drawing offers an overview of his work as a draftsman, with a particular look at

Gainsborough's Landscapes

Themes and Variations

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Author: Susan Sloman

Publisher: Philip Wilson Publishers

ISBN: 0856676977

Category: Art

Page: 110

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Summary: Although Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788) sold relatively few of his landscape paintings he regarded them as his most important work. When not occupied with his lucrative portrait business the artist devoted much of his time to the creation of landscapes 'of his own Brain' (as he termed them). The English countryside, its forms, textures and colours, and the people and animals that lived and worked in it, inspired a lifetime's work in many media, from oils to etching. This new book, which accompanies an exhibition at the Holburne Museum (24/09/2011-04/01/2012), brings together some of Gainsborough's finest landscape oils and works on paper and examines them not through a chronological survey of his career but by looking at 'themes and variations' within his landscape oeuvre.

Gainsborough's Beautiful Mrs Graham

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Author: Hugh Belsey

Publisher: National Galleries of Scotland

ISBN: 9781903278383

Category: Art

Page: 61

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Outstandingly beautiful, extraordinarily sweet and kind, tragically consumptive, the Hon. Mrs Graham was painted by Thomas Gainsborough in a portrait of such vividness and charm that it has become famous throughout the world. In 1859, the painting was given to the National Gallery of Scotland on condition that it never left Edinburgh. This book, the first to be published on the subject, explores the social and historical context of the painting and examines its iconic status, culminating in the painting being used by a lingerie company in America in a major advertising campaign in the 1950s.

Joseph Wright of Derby

Bath and Beyond

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Author: Amina Wright

Publisher: Philip Wilson Publishers

ISBN: 1781300216

Category: Art

Page: 112

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Joseph Wright (1734-1797) arrived in Bath from his native Derby in November 1775. Recently returned from a tour of Italy, he came to the fashionable spa town to re-establish his business as a portrait painter, hoping to fill the vacancy left by Thomas Gainsborough the previous year. This book, the first to examine Wright's little-known Bath period, places the artist in the context of a city then at the height of its unique cultural significance. Using rarely-seen illustrations of his work, it considers his attempts to conquer a saturated portrait market with images of local celebrities, and his use of domestic spaces for public exhibition. His celebrated views of fireworks in Rome and the terrors of Vesuvius were first shown in Bath. Beautifully illustrated and highly readable, Joseph Wright of Derby: Bath and Beyond sheds new light on a key moment in this important English artist's career, deepening our understanding of his life and work as a whole.