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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Merrell Publishers (1 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1858944937
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858944937
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 23.2 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tamsin Pickeral was born in England a frightening amount of years ago. She is the daughter of a veterinary surgeon and an artist/art teacher. Art and animals have remained a defining influence on the author, who specialises in books on both subjects. Alongside her own books she has also been a major contributor to a number of multi-author art reference publications and exhibition catalogues. Her books are published internationally, and have been widely reviewed in leading newspapers and magazines.

Her academic training revolved around the arts, first with a period of time spent studying in Italy, before finishing her degree in history of art and architecture at Reading University.

Having learnt to ride (or at least stay on) at a young age on a belligerent ex-racing donkey, the author later moved on to competitive riding, eventing and showjumping with some success, and horses continue to play an important role in her life.

She wrote her first book (The Encyclopedia of Horses and Ponies, 1999) in the United States where she lived for eight years, much of it spent on a remote cattle ranch. During this period she continued her work with horses as well as being a veterinary nurse, while building her writing career. Following her move back to the UK, the author was able to devote herself full time to her profession.

Tamsin routinely works with contemporary artists including leading figurative painter Chris Gollon, the subject of her book, Chris Gollon: Humanity in Art, published 2010. She has just co-ordinated a number of British artists to exhibit and sell their works at the prestigious Parisian auction house Auction Eve and has recently finished work on American photographer Juliet Harrison's book Equiscape.

Her most recent book is The Majesty of the Horse, written in collaboration with award winning photographer Astrid Harrisson and published in the US in October 2011, due for publication in the UK in April 2012. This book has also just been released in New Zealand and Australia. The book is a major new study of the horse, its cultural relevance and the spread and development of 90 of the most important (and often rarest) breeds.

Currently Tamsin is ghost writing a book for someone else, but Shhhhhhhhhhh, don't tell!

For more information please visit www.tamsinpickeral.com

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Stunningly illustrated, wide-roaming and often revelatory book - THE GUARDIAN Energetic and surprising - FINANCIAL TIMES

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•Beautifully illustrated with more than 250 examples of equine art, from prehistory to the present day
•Includes detailed information on the breeds depicted in each work of art
•A compelling read for horse lovers and anyone interested in equestrian art --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Drus SW on 28 Nov. 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is lovely! Beautiful and often unusual images are combined with truly authoritative writing on both art and horses. Clearly the author knows her subject well and it is fascinating to have the rich relationship between horse and man so intelligently highlighted. Whether your interest is in horses or art, you could not fail to enjoy it. It would make a great Christmas present too (though I could not wait that long!)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Pauly B on 22 Nov. 2006
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A coffee table treasure of a book on horses through the ages, from every artistic perspective. The author has put together a fabulous array of pictures, in full colour and at good size with just the right amount of information about each work's background. But it's the pictures that are the real stars and rightly so. 5 stars indeed!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LH, England on 4 Jan. 2008
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This is such a beautiful book and a fabulous present not only for art lovers, but for anyone who loves horses. It's well written, easy to read and filled with lavish illustrations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. lyle on 28 Jan. 2009
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Beautifully produced, a pleasure to own but some of the technical commentary on aspects of the history of the horse are woefully inaccurate. Some very basic inaccuracies need to be corrected and when I have time I will submit a commentary to the author.

However it is a pleasure to own and to compare the artistic commentaries with other authors.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. L. Adams on 7 Oct. 2008
Format: Hardcover
Having been impreseed with Ms Pickeral's Horse Lover's Bible in respect of Horse Care and Management I purchased this book for my partner as a gift purely on the basis of Amazon Links of the Author. Ms Pickeral certainly knows her Horses and Art and it is a fantastic book to relax with. It is one friends seem to be drawn too on the coffee table so am now going to order the Dog in Art book that has just been released to see if it as good and provides as much enjoyment.
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This is THE most delightful book... I bought two copies- one as a gift and the other for myself. Perfect for sitting by the bed, by the loo or on the coffee table. The image quality is excellent and the snippets of information about each picture and its subject(s) make it easy to pick up and put down as and when you get the chance but feel as though you have learnt something new and interesting.
Great price too.
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Includes hundreds of fabulous prints. Goes through many well known and some lesser known paintings with horses in which narrate history. Very visual, but also informative with a lot of useful information. A must for any educated household. Also makes a great present!
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By verityverity on 20 Nov. 2012
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I am a history of art student and needed books on horses in art for my dissertation, this is a perfect book to be used for studies but would also really interest any horse lover. Really really lovely book, huge pictures
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