British Portrait Miniatures : A History.
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Cloth, 8vo, 27 cm 199 pp, 59 pp of plates (some colour). From the blurb: "Ever since the sixteenth century, when the painting of miniatures (portraits in water colour, oils, or any other medium, and small enough to be held in the hand) was first introduced into Britain, collectors have prized the exquisite work of the best miniaturists. Today there is widespread interest in these portraits - which can be no larger than a thumbnail though they may be ten times that size - yet enthusiasts have often been hampered by lack of information: very few earlier books on the subject are still available and in recent times few writers have attempted a full treatment. In this book Daphne Foskett, after vast research and a lifetime's study, has documented the entire subject from the reign of Henry VIII down to our own times. Miniatures served before the days of photography as a family portrait album and numerous artists have been commissioned to produce them. Mrs Foskett has taken care to supply information about lesser-known miniaturists as well as celebrated names like Nicholas Hilliard, Isaac Oliver, Samuel Cooper, Thomas Flatman, Mary Beale, Richard Cosway, George Engleheart and John Smart. This comprehensiveness is reflected in her wise choice of illustrations, among which are some fine but little known miniatures, including a number from her own notable collection. Today thecollecting of portrait miniatures is pursued more enthusiastically than ever. With the passing of time the finest of them have taken their place among art treasures - as a visit to many a saleroom will testify. All lovers of portrait miniatures, and indeed the whole vast public with a general interest in beautiful things, will welcome this reappearance of Daphne Foskett's important book. More than a dozen miniatures are reproduced in fine colour and nearly 200 in monochrome. There is also a most valuable bibliography and a comprehensive index." Nmae on front free endpaper, otherwise Very Good in Very Good dustwrapper. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE-22740
Titel: British Portrait Miniatures : A History.
Verlag: Spring Books, Feltham, 1968 reprint of 1963 first edition,
Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included
Auflage: 1st Edition
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