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The Face of Britain
Author: Simon Schama

ISBN: 9780670922291
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 632
Published: 18 November 2015
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 16.1 x 5.3
Description:
Churchill and his painter locked in a struggle of stares and glares; Gainsborough watching his daughters run after a butterfly; the first black Othello in the nineteenth century, the poet-artist Rossetti trying to capture on canvas what he couldn't possess in life, a surgeon-artist marking studies of wounded faces brought in from the Battle of the Somme; a naked John Lennon five hours before his death.

In the age of the hasty glance and the selfie, Simon Schama has written a tour de force about the long exchange of looks from which British portraits have been made over the centuries: images of the modest and the mighty; of friends and lovers; of heroes and working people. Each of them - through the image-makes, the subject, and the rest of us who get to look at them - is brought to life unforgettable. Together they build into the mirror of our identity at a moment when we are wondering just who we are.

Combining his two great passions, British history and art history, for the first time, and working closely with the curators of the National Portrait gallery, Schama's extraordinary storytelling reveals the truth behind the nation's most famous portrayals of power...

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