The Royal Portrait
Image and Impact
What constitutes a royal portrait? Jennifer Scott discusses visual portrayals of kings, queens, princes and princesses, from the portrait of Richard II by an anonymous 14th-century artist to Annie Leibovitz’s photograph of Elizabeth II in 2007. Illustrated with 157 examples, including works by great artists from Hans Holbein to Lucien Freud, the study explores the factors that contribute to a royal portrait: its accuracy of appearance, the artist’s aspirations, and the intended location and audience of the work.
The Comic Art of Thomas Rowlandson
Portly squires and foppish dandies, Jane-Austenesque heroines and their grotesque chaperones, dashing young officers and corrupt politicians… Thomas Rowlandson (1757–1827) skewered the follies and vices of his age better than any satirist since Hogarth. This catalogue brings together 100 of his scabrous engravings, largely from the Royal Collections. Mercilessly lampooning King George III, his troublesome offspring, and politicians such as William Pitt, they form a rogues’ gallery of Georgian England, and remain an inspiration to cartoonists today.
This study of the Genoese artist Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione (1609–1664) is the result of a collaboration between the Denver Art Museum and the Royal Collection, with its unrivalled holdings of Castiglione’s works in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle. Reproducing over 90 paintings and dry-brush drawings and illustrating a further 30 details, the catalogue offers a new appraisal of the artist’s works, his life and volatile personality, and his position within 17th-century art.
Cairo to Constantinople
Francis Bedford's Photographs of the Middle East
In 1862 the Prince of Wales invited photographer Francis Bedford to accompany him on a royal tour of the Middle East. The resulting images, which captivated the British public, document not only the ancient landscapes and iconic monuments of biblical times, including Jerusalem’s Temple Mount and Hebron’s Mosque of al-Khalil, but also the devastation caused by sectarian conflict, particularly in Damascus. As well as Bedford’s striking photographs, this collection includes a chronology and catalogue, plus essays by four Middle East specialists.
Fifty Great Escapes
A Global Guide to Creativity
Discover the places that inspired the world’s greatest writers, artists and film-makers, from Gauguin’s Tahiti to Conan Doyle’s Dartmoor. Each entry includes colour photographs and practical travel advice, while a global directory lists 100 21st-century hotspots for budding artists.