The Art of Domestic Life: Family Portraiture in Eighteenth-Century England

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This book is the first to explore English family portraiture in the 18th century, a varied category ranging from small-scale conversation pieces to grandiose, full-length images. Kate Retford probes this much-loved genre to trace the values and meanings behind these compositions. While early images by artists such as Arthur Devis depicted sitters stiffly posed, later in the century scenes of affection and intimacy were created by portraitists like Thomas Gainsborough and Joshua Reynolds. In the country-house collections, ...

The Art of Domestic Life: Family Portraiture in Eighteenth-Century England 2006, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, New Haven, CT

ISBN-13: 9780300110012

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