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Great British paintings from American collections : Holbein to Hockney
Warner, Malcolm, 1953-
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New Haven : Yale University Press, 2001.
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ix, 262 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
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ND464 .W35 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Outside Britain itself, the richest holdings of British art are found in American collections. This extraordinary presentation of some 85 works pays tribute to this strength of American collecting, while offering a fresh and engaging account of the history of painting in Britain from the sixteenth century to the present. The selection is drawn from collections from around the United States, both public and private, and includes spectacular pictures from the Yale Center for British Art and the Huntington Art Collections in California--the two leading collections of British art in America. Among the highlights are such masterpieces as Sir Anthony Van Dyck's portrait of Queen Henrietta Maria with her dwarf, Sir Jeffrey Hudson, William Hogarth's Beggar's Opera , Thomas Gainsborough's Blue Boy, Henry Fuseli's Nightmare, John Constable's Hadleigh Castle , J. M. W. Turner's Staffa, Fingal's Cave , and William Holman Hunt's Lady of Shalott . Following introductory essays by Malcolm Warner on anglophilia and art, and by Robyn Asleson on the history of collecting British art in the States, each painting is reproduced in color, with a discussion of its artistic importance and the circumstances of its crossing the Atlantic.

Author Notes

Malcolm Warner is senior curator of paintings and sculpture at the Yale Center for British Art. Robyn Asleson is research associate at the Huntington Art Collections.

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This exhibition at the British Art Center, Yale University, part of the University Tercentennial, will also appear in a somewhat smaller form at the Huntington Library Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, California, in 2002 where it will include two of the Huntington's most famous pictures, Gainsborough's Blue Boy and Laurence's Pinkie (not shown in New Haven but included in the catalog). The exhibition and catalog consist of 80 outstanding British paintings from the 16th century to the present, each illustrated in color with very detailed entries by various authors and footnotes on each. Naturally, the British Art Center and the Huntington are the leading lenders, but others include such major museums as the Metropolitan and the Philadelphia Museums, as well as the smaller Loeb Art Center at Vassar College, the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, and numerous private collections. As important as the entries and illustrations are the two richly illustrated essays "Anglophilia into Art" by Warner and Asleson's "Atlantic Crossings: British Paintings in America, 1630-1930." These are major contributions. Though the selection is naturally a personal one, the volume gives an excellent survey of British art collected in America. Highly recommended. General readers; upper-division undergraduates through faculty. T. J. McCormick emeritus, Wheaton College (MA)

Table of Contents

Constance ClementMalcolm WarnerRobyn Asleson
Sponsor's Forewordp. V
Forewordp. VI
Acknowledgmentsp. VIII
Lenders to the Exhibitionp. IX
Anglophilia into Artp. 1
Atlantic Crossings: British Paintings in America, 1630-1930p. 19
Cataloguep. 46
Index of Artistsp. 261
Photographic Creditsp. 262