Hogarth to Turner British Painting Louise Govier

Publication date:
01 Jun 2010
National Gallery London
72 pages: 254 x 229mm
80 color illus.
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This book traces some key developments in British 18th- and 19th-century painting, focusing in particular on the outstanding portraits and landscapes in the National Gallery’s collection. Compare what rival portrait painters Thomas Gainsborough and Sir Joshua Reynolds offered their sitters: the choice between shimmering colours and expressive brushwork, or ennobling classical references. Their techniques and philosophical ideals would be challenged and developed even further by the next generation. The ground-breaking landscapes that Constable and Turner produced inspired the French Impressionists, and are still among the world’s favourite paintings today.

Louise Govier is MLA Museums Clore Leadership Fellow, and from April 2010, Visitor Experience Manager at Mottisfont Abbey (National Trust). Formerly a university lecturer in art history, and head of the Adult Learning team at the National Gallery, Dr Govier is also the author of The National Gallery Visitor’s Guide (2009) and Hogarth to Turner: British Painting (2010), as well as numerous DVDs.