The Face of Britain: The Nation through Its Portraits

Simon Schama

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Churchill and his painter locked in a struggle of stares and glares; Gainsborough watching his daughters run after a butterfly; a black Othello in the nineteenth century; the poet-artist Rossetti trying to capture on canvas what he couldn’t possess in life; a surgeon-artist making studies of wounded faces brought in from the Battle of the Somme; a naked John Lennon five hours before his death.

In the age of the hasty glance and the selfie, Simon Schama has written a tour de force about the long exchange of looks from which British portraits have been made over the centuries: images of the modest and the mighty; of friends and lovers; heroes and working people. Each of them – the image-maker, the subject, and the rest of us who get to look at them – are brought unforgettably to life. Together they build into a collective picture of Britain, our past and our present, a look into the mirror of our identity at a moment when we are wondering just who we are.

  • ISBN 9780670922291
  • Title The Face of Britain: The Nation through Its Portraits
  • Author Simon Schama
  • Publisher Penguin Books Ltd
  • Imprint Viking
  • Binding Hardback
  • Width 16.1cm
  • Height 24cm
  • Thickness 5.3cm
  • Weight 1504g
  • Number of pages 632

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