Portraits of the English Civil Wars

Angus Haldane

Portraits of the English Civil Wars

Angus Haldane

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100 pages | 50 color plates | 9 x 11 3/4
Paper $37.95 ISBN: 9781910787380 Published November 2017 For Sale in USA and Canada Only
The period of the English Civil Wars (1642–1651) was one of the most momentous in British history. Though the events of this significant time period have been examined in great detail from a historical point of view, the period has never before been discussed in detail focusing specifically on portraiture. Art historians have tended to ignore the timeframe because it falls between Van Dyck, court painter to Charles I, and Sir Peter Lely, court painter to Charles II. But this book seeks to change that perspective, revealing that these tumultuous years represent as much of an artistic transformation as a political one.
 
In this book, Angus Haldane examines the portraiture and history of the English Civil Wars through representations of the protagonists who were involved in the conflict. Each portrait is presented here alongside a short biography of the protagonist’s life, and is accompanied by an extended discussion on the iconography of the painting and its art historical relevance, including aspects of patronage. The first book in the new series the Face of War, it will be an essential reference for anyone interested in the history of portraiture and the historical figures of the English Civil War.
 
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