The National Gallery's collection of British paintings contains some of the most famous and best-loved pictures in the country: Hogarth's Marriage a-la Mode series, Gainsborough's Mr and Mrs Andrews, both The Hay Wain and The Cornfield by Constable, and Rain, Steam and Speed and The Fighting Temeraire by Turner.
This readable and lively catalogue includes the results of fresh examination of each work by the National Gallery's Conservation and Scientific Departments. It also reflects recent scholarship and incorporates much new research. But it is chiefly designed for the general reader who wants to know more about the making and meaning of these familiar pictures and to learn something of their history.
The sixty British paintings now in the National Gallery are discussed in two parts. Major works by Hogarth, Gainsborough, Reynolds, Stubbs, Turner, and Constable are featured in the first section. The second part consists of portraits (including three sculpted busts) of collectors or public servants who helped over the years to create the National Gallery as we now know it.
National Gallery Publications, London
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Judy Egerton, formerly a curator at the Tate Gallery, is also the author of Turner: The Fighting Temeraire and Hogarth's Marriage A-la-Mode.
Those unhappy with the small illustrations and brief captions in The National Gallery: Complete Illustrated Catalogue (LJ 3/15/96) should be delighted with this coverage of the 61 works currently representing the British School in the National Gallery, London. Part of their revised series of national school catalogs (the previous British School catalog is from 1959), this particular volume boasts an impressive format and numerous color illustrations. Artists include Boxall, Chantrey, Constable, Gainsborough, Hogarth, Hoppner, Jackson, Jones, Lawrence, Linnell, Reynolds, Sargent, Shee, Sievier, Stubbs, Turner, Wilson, Wood, Wright of Derby, and Zoffany. Egerton is a retired assistant keeper of the British School at the Tate Gallery, where many National Gallery paintings have been transferred over the years. Her conviction is that the public should have as much information as possible about the making and subsequent history of these artworks. Recommended for both public and academic libraries for the combination of updated scholarship with what she calls a "chattier" approach than the previous catalog.AAnne Marie Lane, American Heritage Ctr., Laramie, WY
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