The Face of Britain : A History of the Nation Through Its Portraits.

By: Schama, SimonMaterial type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on DemandPublisher: Cary : Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 2016Copyright date: ©2016Description: 1 online resource (522 pages)Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780190621896Genre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: The Face of Britain : A History of the Nation Through Its PortraitsDDC classification: 941 LOC classification: N7598.S33 2016Online resources: Click here to view this ebook. Summary: From acclaimed best-selling historian Simon Schama comes the story of Britain as told through its portraits. This unique way of telling history consists of a remarkable range of visually revealing moments. Linking these tales together is Schama's exploration of how meaning emerges from a series of relationships-between sitter and painter, but also between them both and the present-day viewer.
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From acclaimed best-selling historian Simon Schama comes the story of Britain as told through its portraits. This unique way of telling history consists of a remarkable range of visually revealing moments. Linking these tales together is Schama's exploration of how meaning emerges from a series of relationships-between sitter and painter, but also between them both and the present-day viewer.

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The Face of Britain is a lively survey of more than 500 years of British portraiture. Written in conjunction with a BBC television series, the volume mixes art, biography, and history in a way that is at once inventive, probing, and fresh. Schama (Columbia Univ.), a well-known cultural historian, considers themes of love, fame, and power through a range of images--paintings on canvas, miniatures on vellum, drawings, prints, photographs, and sculpture--including the National Portrait Gallery's "people's portrait gallery" of cheap cigarette cards picturing politicians, actors, and film stars. Schama offers probing analysis of individual works along with extended discussion of individual artists and their place in British history. There are choice pieces on Graham Sutherland's ill-fated Churchill portrait, Gainsborough and his daughters, the royal portrait as "national fetish" under the first Elizabeth, Jane Morris as Pre-Raphaelite muse, rude caricature, militant "suffragettes" photographed by the police, and Henry Tonks's haunting studies of disfigured warriors. There are dozens of fine illustrations (most color), but there should have been even more of them to supplement the descriptive and robust text. Including a brief bibliography and full index, this is a substantial and very enjoyable book. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals; general readers. --William S. Rodner, Tidewater Community College

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Simon Schama is an historian, educator, and writer. He was born in London, England on February 13, 1945. Schama earned a B.A. in history in 1966 from Cambridge University and later became a fellow of Christ College.

Schama was a Fellow and Tutor in Modern History at Brasenose College, Oxford from 1976 to 1980. He also was an Erasmus Lecturer in the civilization of the Netherlands at Harvard University in 1978, and from 1980 to 1993 he was Professor of History and Mellon Professor of the Social Sciences and Senior Associate at the Center for European Studies. Schama has been the Old Dominion Professor of Humanities at Columbia University since 1993, teaching in the history, art history and archaeology departments.

Schama's 1977 book, Patriots and Liberators: Revolution in the Netherlands, 1780-1813, received the Wolfson Prize for history and the Leo Gershoy Memorial Prize of the American History Association. Another book, Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution, won the NCR Prize for Nonfiction. Schama also worked as an art critic for The New Yorker and has written historical and art documentaries for the BBC. In 2001 he received the CBE. In 2006 Schama earned the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction for Rough Crossings. His more recent works include A History of Britain and The Sory of the Jews, both written in multiple volumes.

(Bowker Author Biography) Simon Schama is the author of The Embarrassment of Riches, Citizens, Landscape and Memory, and most recently, Rembrandt's Eyes. He is currently Old Dominion Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University. The second installment of his epic history of Britain is due to be published in April 2001.

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