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Georgian Faces: Portrait of a County Paperback – 17 Dec 2010

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Dorset Natural History & Archaeological Society (17 Dec. 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 090034105X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0900341052
  • Product Dimensions: 28.4 x 21 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,200,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is sometimes forgotten by art historians that London is not the only place in England which had an artistic life, and whilst all aspiring artists born in the provinces, or in Wales or Scotland, would probably seek patronage and success in London at some stage in their careers, many artists in the 18th century, naturally, like Gainsborough in Sudbury and Ipswich, and Reynolds in Plymouth, began their careers in the counties of their birth. Thus it is heartening that Gwen Yarker has produced here a most valuable addition to the literature on 18th century portraiture and artistic life in Dorset in this fascinating exhibition catalogue, where the careers of three artists, Sir James Thornhill, Giles Hussey, and above all, Thomas Beach, are given the benefits of new research. Thornhill's life is probably still best served by visiting the country houses and public building that he decorated with murals, and scarcely figures here, but we do get glimpses of the much rarer Giles Hussey, and a splendid array of works by Thomas Beach illustrated in colour, the monograph of 1934 with its catalogue of 300 portraits being extremely hard to find (and the illustrated article by Hilda Finberg in The Connoisseur, July 1918, pp.139-148 being an early summary and accessible only in a library). Beach came up to London and worked with Reynolds and started by blocking in his portraits before going off for himself and working in Dorset and elewhere, and he ought to be better known as he's not bad at all, and usefully about a dozen portraits by him are found here.Read more ›
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