New PDF release: A Concise History of English Painting

By William Gaunt

ISBN-10: 0500200165

ISBN-13: 9780500200162

Strains the improvement of English portray from the center a while to the 20 th century, concentrating on the works of Hogarth, Blake, Gainsborough, Stubbs, Reynolds, Constable, Turner, and Bacon.

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His numerous drawings convey the vitality of his imagination. Painting in oil on the wall plaster, in a method that the cleaning of i960 elucidated, he and his assistants produced a work which even now a national Golden the diffidence as regards the English capacity for grandeur in art underestimates. He well deserves the praise of George Vertue History painter this kingdom has produced' and the more moderate but expert assessment of Hogarth, who described the Greenwich works as 'well-invented and full of as 'the greatest learning'.

Flourishing before, during, and after civil strife he gave as remarkable and extensive a record of his time as any. He has left brilliant portraits alike of Cromwell and Charles II, concentrating dramatically on the features as in the unfinished sketch on vellum of Oliver Cromwell in the collection of the Duke of Buccleuch. He painted charming picture 43 27 The miniatures of Samuel Cooper, such as one of the Duchess of Cleveland, have no trace of the jewel-Hke quaUty so notable in this Hilliard, but are exquisite products of the Restoration period portraits of women without making use of a flattering convention.

Robert Streeter (or Streater) (1624-80), who was noted in his own time for the range of his art and painted the semi-topographical and semi-narrative picture Boscobel and Whiteladies commemorating Charles IFs escape and concealment after the battle of Worcester, seems a tyro in the decorative work by which he is principally known, the ceiling of the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford (///. ^i). His projection of figures in space falls short of the characteristic Baroque accomplishment. It is all the more remarkable that Pellegrini and the Riccis should have been followxd by an Englishman who produced the most impressive work of any.

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