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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; Reprint edition (4 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846077443
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846077449
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeremy Paxman was born in Yorkshire. He grew up thinking of himself as 'English' despite being one quarter Scottish. He is a journalist, best known for his work presenting Newsnight and University Challenge. His books Friends in High Places, Fish, Fishing and the Meaning of Life, The English, On Royalty and The Political Animal are all published by Penguin.


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"A real contribution to art history, introducing the reader to a rich mix of the familiar and the unfamiliar... the book certainly taught me things about the Victorians that I either did not know or had not thought about with sufficient imagination" (A.N. Wilson The Guardian)

"A wonderful introduction to the sheer vibrancy of the Victorian era... genuinely impressive" (Dominic Sandbrook The Evening Standard)

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Jeremy Paxman's bestselling study of the Victorians through their paintings - now in paperback

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By V. Charles on 23 Mar. 2010
Format: Paperback
I was firstly surprised to find this was almost novel-like in size - most unusual for this type of book, but actually means it's easy to carry around/read on the train etc! Nervertheless there are reproductions of the paintings dotted throughout so it's not all text. It's clear Paxman is really enthused by his subject, which is always important when approaching topics of this kind - the Victorians are so frequently written about, but this provides an enjoyable and unique angle. Definitely deserves to be widely read - shows that history can be understood not simply as a lists of dates and events, but by appreciating the works of the people of the age in the form of paintings (or indeed, works of literature) and how they felt about, and portrayed, the age in which they lived.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By K.E.C on 12 April 2009
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Jeremy Paxman's The Victorians is stuffed with famous and obscure paintings,all documented by title,artist and gallery,below the work,making the book incredibly easy to read. No flicking around to see the subject! The written work is learned but fast-flowing,revealing Paxman's knowledge and liking for Victorian Art,pithy rather than maudling. His research is nationwide,with works often pulled from the industrial cities, whose wealth reflected the surges in Victorian life.
A well documented passion, from an "unlikely" source,
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lyra on 23 Jan. 2013
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I stumbled across this in a library while teaching Victorian poetry. I'm no historian or art critic, and had been developing my knowledge of this period. Great supplement to the ideas and concerns of poets like Christina Rossetti. Beautiful images of a wide range of paintings including pre-Raphaelites and John Martin - both of which I love and interesting narrative..

Beware, the paperback is a much smaller size: I bought it thinking I could save money and had to send it back - the images were far too small and you would need to break the spine to see them properly. If the price is an issue buy the hardback second hand. The hard back is twice the size o the paperback and bound nicely. Each page has one or more large image - some go across two pages. The book is presented as a series of discussions or comments on Victorian England as presented through the art of the day.

Chapter headings include: The Mob in the Picture Galley (images of contemporary society); Thy Long Days Work (art as a documentary of living conditions); The Angel in the House- (the representation of women in Victorian art); A World of Wealth and Power- (social class); A Land of dreams- (myth, fantasy, the imagination).
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Martin J. Moore on 22 April 2009
Format: Hardcover
Having attended Mr Paxman's book launch at Ely Cathedral recently I am now a confirmed fan. Mr Paxman knows his subject inside out and his passion was evident from the start. An excellent accompaniment to the TV series, "The Victorians" is an entertaining and informative work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By markr TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 May 2014
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In this book Jeremy Paxman explains Victorian art through vignettes of history. Around half of the book is devoted to reproductions of paintings,and to a handful of photographs. The narrative explains the context for each illustration and the symbolism used in some of them.

The book is beautifully presented using high quality paper and is more about art than history - Victorian art is not to the taste of everyone, and there are better books of Victorian history than this if you are trying to gain a better understanding of the period.

Enjoyable enough reading though
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Road Rocket on 5 April 2014
Format: Paperback
After having just finished Paxman's 'Empire' which I really enjoyed and thought it a wonderful insight into that era I was looking forward to reading this book. Unfortunately, although there is excellent information etc, I found it difficult to concentrate on the actual text after being constantly led away by the description of the painting and artists, i.e. looking for each painting he described and thus halting the flow of the text. One way of improving the book would be to have the relevant paintings together with the relevant texts rather than stacking all the pictures in blocks. The reproduction of the paintings could also have been much improved by the printers. It's not a bad book but not as good as some of his others, especially Empire which everybody should read if interested in that particular historical period.
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I watched the original TV series a few years ago and was disappointed when I couldn't find the DVD for sale. I decided to buy the book instead and thoroughly enjoyed it. Paxman has a very natural way of writing and you know this is taken from a TV programme. I love the way he asks questions and challenges a very rosey version of history the Victorians tried to create (and sadly many still try and continue). I would advise all those who hark back to a 'Christian England' to read this. PS: I am a Christian but hate it when people criticize modern times by claiming how wonderful life once was. Hmmm... no it wasn't.
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Format: Hardcover
Very quick social history through paintings. Very well written and researched of course, although too short. To me there were not enough paintings analysed and the ones chosen could have been described more in depth. Nevertheless, it is an enjoyable read and can be considered a starting point for further research on the topic.
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