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Author Pointon, Marcia R.

Title Hanging the head : portraiture and social formation in eighteenth-century England / Marcia Pointon.

Published New Haven : Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art by Yale University Press, 1993.

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Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  704.9420942 POIN    AVAILABLE
Physical description ix, 278 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 29 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-270) and index.
Summary This handsomely illustrated book discusses portraiture as a cultural and political phenomenon in eighteenth-century England. Marcia Pointon offers detailed historical analyses of portraits by Gainsborough, Reynolds, Hogarth, and others, showing how portraiture of the period provided mechanisms for constructing and accessing a national past and for controlling a present that appeared increasingly unruly.
"A lively and inventive book, offering an unusual perspective on familiar works. The illustrations are magnificent and Pointon provides fascinating information". -- David Nokes, The Spectator
"Impressive ... comprises a fascinating historical analysis and methodological sophistication which maps new ground in the study of portraiture and provides an excellent model for future generations of researchers". -- Shearer West, Times Literary Supplement
"Original and perceptive.... The measure of the importance of this thought-provoking volume is its fresh approach, choosing revealing areas of enquiry to probe eighteenth-century attitudes of mind". -- John Hayes, Art Newspaper
Subject Portrait painting -- England -- 18th century.
Portraits -- England -- History -- 18th century.
Portraits -- Social aspects -- England.
Families -- England -- Portraits.
Children -- England -- Portraits.
Great Britain -- Social conditions -- 18th century.
ISBN 0300057385