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Title:
A brush with history : paintings from the National Portrait Gallery
Author:
National Portrait Gallery (U.S.)
Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. ; Great Britain : National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
216 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits (chiefly color) ; 31 cm
General Note:
Catalogue of a touring exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh, 2001, other U.S. galleries and the National Portrait Gallery, London, 2002-2003.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781584650805

9781584650799
Format :
Book

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Summary

Portraiture is a unique genre that is common ground both for American art history and for history told through the biographies of the people who shaped it. Offering 78 wide-ranging examples from the incomparable National Portrait Gallery's collection, A Brush with History showcases the American portrait tradition from the country's beginnings to the present.

The book contains essays by the museum's Deputy Director Carolyn Kinder Carr and by Curator of Painting and Sculpture Ellen G. Miles. The full-page color portraits display such works as John Singleton Copley's Self-Portrait, Henry Inman's Sequoyah, Edgar Degas's Mary Cassatt, and Thomas Hart Benton's Self-Portrait with Rita. This handsomely designed volume also includes a foreword by Alan Fern, Director Emeritus of the National Portrait Gallery, and an essay by the Gallery's Research Historian Margaret Christman on the history of the National Portrait Gallery.