The Face of the City

The Face of the City Civic Portraiture and Civic Identity in Early Modern England - Politics, Culture and Society in Early Modern Britain

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Our conventional understanding of English portraiture from the age of Holbein and Henry VIII on to Reubens, VanDyck and Charles I clings to the mainstream images of royalty and aristocracy and to the succession of known practitioners of 'Renaissance' portraiture. In almost every respect, the 'civic' portraits examined here stand in sharp contrast to these traditional narratives. Depicting mayors and aldermen, livery company masters, school and college heads, they were meant to be read as statements about the civic leaders and civic institutions rather than about the sitters in their own right. Displayed in civic premises rather than country homes, exemplifying civic rather than personal virtues, and usually commissioned by institutions rather than their sitters, they have yet to be considered as a type of their own, or in their appropriate social and political context. This fascinating work will appeal to both art historians and historians of early modern Britain.

Book information

ISBN: 9780719089077
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Imprint: Manchester University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 757.09420903
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: xii, 212
Weight: 336g
Height: 234mm
Width: 159mm
Spine width: 12mm