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    The topography of the conversation piece: a walk around Wanstead

    Retford, Kate (2013) The topography of the conversation piece: a walk around Wanstead. In: Retford, Kate (ed.) Placing Faces: The Portrait and the English Country House in the Long Eighteenth Century. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press. ISBN 9780719090394.

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    Abstract

    Book synopsis: This book explores the rich but understudied relationship between English country houses and the portraits they contain. It features essays by well-known scholars such as Alison Yarrington, Gill Perry, Kate Retford, Harriet Guest, Emma Barker and Desmond Shawe-Taylor. Works discussed include grand portraits, intimate pastels and imposing sculptures. Moving between residences as diverse as Stowe, Althorp Park, the Vache, Chatsworth, Knole and Windsor Castle, it unpicks the significance of various spaces – the closet, the gallery, the library – and the ways in which portraiture interacted with those environments. It explores questions around gender, investigating narratives of family and kinship in portraits of women as wives and daughters, but also as mistresses and celebrities. It also interrogates representations of military heroes in order to explore the wider, complex ties between these families, their houses, and imperial conflict. This book will be essential reading for all those interested in eighteenth-century studies, especially for those studying portraiture and country houses.

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    Item Type: Book Section
    School: School of Arts > History of Art
    Research Centres and Institutes: Gender and Sexuality, Birkbeck (BiGS), Social Research, Birkbeck Institute for (BISR)
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2013 12:36
    Last Modified: 27 Nov 2020 06:17
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/8444

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