Hardback The face of Britain : the nation through its portraits / Simon Schama.
Publication year: 2015
Publisher: UK : Viking,
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9780670922291 (hbk.) :
A portrait opens a window into a person's life: who they were and wanted to be, who the artist saw and how everyone else looked on. From the divine paintings of Elizabeth I to the iconic photograph of 'bulldog' Churchill; from Victorian portraits of dead children to Hockney's of his elderly parents; from anonymous workers to the artists themselves, Simon Schama uses a stunning and surprising array of images to tell the story of the British from the Tudors to the present day. He will change the way we see Britain and each other.
xxiv, 602 pages : illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 24 cm
It is an interesting read, though the essays perhaps show their origin as television scripts. Some chapters need more illustration alongside the text. The chapters with illustrations, such as that on C13th William de Brailes, and that on prints of late C18th Edinburgh residents are well worth reading.