A Portrait of Fashion
Six Centuries of Dress at the National Portrait Gallery
Discussing portraits of around 190 people, ranging chronologically from Henry VII to Grayson Perry and Elizabeth II, this study uses the superb collection of the National Portrait Gallery to explore the role of clothing and accessories in portraiture. With an illustrated introductory chapter and detailed commentary on 95 individuals, pairs or groups, the book looks at how clothing and fabrics are used to delineate identity and character, and how the choice of apparel gives insight into a sitter’s personality.
Bob Dylan, David Bowie and Alice Cooper, Aboriginal Australians, icons from the fashion world, East End club-goers from the 1960s, rock stars, film stars and Nelson Mandela: David Bailey’s photographs prove that, in the words of Sandy Nairne, the National Portrait Gallery’s director, ‘we stand equal in life’. Published to accompany the 'Bailey’s Stardust' exhibition in 2014, this volume contains over 250 portraits – each one extraordinary – chosen by the photographer himself and introduced by Tim Marlow’s essay, ‘Bailey and Portraiture'.
The Romantic Poets and their Circle
The popular ideal of the 'inspired' artist - beautiful, brooding and damned - owes its origins to the poets, writers and artists of the Romantic period. In this volume from the National Portrait Gallery's Insight series, Richard Holmes explores the portraits and the lives of the Romantics in a series of more than 28 subtly interwoven biographies, ranging from William Blake to JMW Turner, and including Byron, Shelley, Keats and the circle that formed around Coleridge and Wordsworth.
Moustaches, Whiskers & Beards
The extravagant whiskers of prominent Victorians such as Charles Darwin and WG Grace seemed impossibly archaic until the recent 'hipster' fashion reinvented the wearing of long beards for young men for the first time since the hippies of the 1960s. This book traces the history of fashions in facial hair from the ancients to the present day.
Pets in Portraits
First published in 1998 as The Face in the Corner, this charming book is about the various animals that feature in paintings in the National Portrait Gallery, and their owners. It provides some unusual insights into the special bond between the sitters and their faithful companions, whether they are aristocrats and royalty with their dogs, society beauties with gorgeous cats or Anna Pavlova with her tame swan Jack. With a new introduction by Chris Packham.