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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln; Revised edition (13 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711229066
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711229068
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 2.9 x 31.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 197,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A revised edition of the book, updated with new information, and beautifully redesigned, with many of the prints, previously in black and white, now in colour. Frances Lincoln, the new publishers, have lovingly redesigned the pages and there are exquisite new prints. Apart from anything else, the book is a beautiful object in itself. (Glasgow Herald)

This is a beautiful book, one that any art lover will pore over lovingly, and it clarifies the history of an art movement that has long been unfairly sidelined. Whether you choose to dip in and out of the writing and linger, enraptured, over the lush plates, or immerse yourself in full by reading all of the enthralling history of these young men who sought to change the stifling art world of the late nineteenth century, it is an essential buy for anyone who values the visual arts. (Rock's Backpages: Writers' Blogs)

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ROGER BILLCLIFFE was formerly a lecturer at Glasgow University, Assistant Keeper of the University Art Collection, and subsequently Keeper of Fine Art at Glasgow Art Gallery, and then Director of The Fine Art Society. He now owns and runs the Roger Bilcliffe Gallery in Glasgow.


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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Leyla Sanai on 8 Oct 2010
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The major exhibition in Glasgow this year of The Glasgow Boys, a group of artists painting in the late 19th Century, has restimulated interest in their work. The exhibition, which was at Kelvingrove Museum for several months, has now moved to London's Royal Academy. Roger Billcliffe's eponymously titled tome on The Glasgow Boys was first published in 1985, when it received the Scottish Arts Council Book Award, and was republished in 2008 with many more colour plates.

It is the sumptuous and generous number of illustrations that first struck me about this volume. There are 284 of them, the vast majority in gorgeous blazing colour, many of them large enough to discern detail. It's one of those art books you just want to gaze at, and one reason why e books will never supplant the paper version.

Billcliffe has a list of impressive qualifications to his name. He used to lecture at Glasgow University, is a former Keeper of the University Art Collection, an ex Keeper of Fine Arts at Glasgow Art Gallery, and was Director of the Fine Art Society. He also runs a fabulous art gallery in Glasgow, the Roger Billcliffe Gallery in Blythswood Street, a multi-floored Victorian mansion where even the winding staircases are stuffed with beautiful art.

Billcliffe's balance between prose and pictures in the book is perfect, being around 50:50. With almost 300 pages at a size 25% larger than A4, this means a lot of information. But when the writing refers so frequently to illustrations, as here, reading the history of the Boys is never dry, being instead a delight where every few sentences are interspersed with references to another fabulous picture.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By alison wilson on 14 July 2010
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I bought this to replace my copy of the previous edition (which was borrowed and not returned). I'm glad it took a while to get round to replacing it as it meant I got this new edition, which has many more of the illustrations in colour than the previous version. From what I have seen of the paintings (and I've seen most of them) the colour in this edition is very accurate- far better than in a lot of exhibition catalogues and books I buy.
An excellent book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By VB on 8 Oct 2010
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This book is beautiful. After seeing the show in Glasgow I decided to buy this in anticipation of it coming to the RA. This book is FAR better than the one offered as companion to the show and a very very beautiful object. It is well written (although I havent finished it yet) and the images are a wonder, and for once large enough to examine details. Highly, higly recommended. My only critism is a request for more larger images, but this is just greed!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Louise Selby on 26 Oct 2009
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Beautiful book full of beautiful pictures. The quality throughout is excellent, both in choice of paintings and also in the way the book is produced. It was a present for my mother and she is delighted with it. She had seen the previous edition and feels there are extra very worthwhile pictures in this new edition. As well as being a lovely book to look at, it is also very informative, with details of the various artists.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Henry's Cat on 23 Dec 2010
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I bought this book on the back of watching a TV programme about the Glasgow Boys. I collect books on painting and this one is one of the best I've bought. Packed full of excellent quality illustrations; it's superb quality and unbelievable value for money- it even feels good in your hands; it's got that luxury type cover and is a "perfect" size, not too big and big enough to make the illustrations accessible.

Wonderful book, if you love painting, particularly Scottish painting, get it, it's top quality.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. E. Robb on 9 Jan 2010
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This is a beautifully presented book on art with an extremely high standard of reproduction, especially when it comes to the paintings. A lot of effort has been put into its production.

This is not a parochial book as the title may suggest. It may be based on a specific group of painters at a specific time but its scope is universal as good art should be, universally appealing.

If you think you hate art, buy this book as your conversion kit. If you are already a convert buy it and give yourself a huge treat.Glasgow Boys
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BOOKLOVER on 23 Feb 2011
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I HAD WATCHED A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE GROUP OF GLASWEIGAN ARTISTS "THE GLASGOW BOYS".ALTHOUGH I HAD HEARD OF THEM I KNEW NOTHING ABOUT THEIR LIVES AND WORK.THEY EACH HAD THEIR OWN STYLE OF COURSE BUT BROADLY SPEAKING THEY BROKE THE MOULD WHEN THEY STARTED TO PAINT THE WORLD AROUND THEM IN A BOLD AND VIBRANT NEW WAY.I THINK THEY WERE VERY MUCH IN THE MOULD OF THE IMPRESSIONISTS , THOUGH WITH THEIR OWN VERY DIFFERENT SUBJECTS , THE LIFE AROUND THEM IN LATE 19TH CENTURY SCOTLAND.
THIS BOOK HAS PLENTY OF PICTURES OF THEIR WORK,IT TELLS YOU ABOUT THIS SMALL GROUP OF TALENTED MEN AND THE WEALTH OF ART THEY LEFT BEHIND.A LOT OF THEIR WORK HANGS IN THE PURPOSE BUILT KELVINGROVE ART GALLERY IN GLASGOW , WHICH I WOULD LIKE VERY MUCH TO VISIT. I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS BOOK IF YOU ARE THE LEAST BIT INTERESTED IN ART.OF COURSE IF NOT SURE THEN YOU CAN HAVE A LOOK ON THE WEB AND GET A TASTE OF THE SUBJECT FIRST.IF YOU DO AND LIKE WHAT YOU SEE THEN I THINK YOU WILL WANT THIS BOOK.
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