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Description - The Monarch of the Glen by Christopher Baker

The Monarch of the Glen by Sir Edwin Landseer (1802 1873) is one of the most celebrated paintings of the nineteenth century and was acquired by the National Galleries of Scotland in 2017. In this new book, the first to focus in detail on this iconic picture, Christopher Baker explores its complex and fascinating history. He places Landseer's work in the context of the artist's meteoric career, considers the circumstances of its high-profile commission and its extraordinary subsequent reputation. When so much Victorian art fell out of fashion, Landseer's Monarch took on a new role as marketing image, which gave it global recognition. It also inspired the work of a wide spectrum of other artists, ranging from Sir Bernard Partridge and Ronald Searle to Sir Peter Blake and Peter Saville. Today the picture has an intriguing status, being seen by some as a splendid celebration of Scotland's natural wonders and by others as an archaic trophy. This publication will make a significant contribution to the debates that it continues to stimulate. AUTHOR: Christopher Baker has been the Director of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery since 2012 and in addition is currently Acting Director of the Scottish National Gallery. His previous publications include Jean-Etienne Liotard (2015), J.M.W. Turner: The Vaughan Bequest (2006; new edition due 2018) and English Drawings and Watercolours: 1600 1900 (2011). SELLING POINTS: Explores the fascinating and complicated history of the iconic painting, The Monarch of the Glen, and contributes to the debates it continues to stimulate. Extensive recent press coverage around the painting's acquisition for the nation by the National Galleries of Scotland. Publication of the book will coincide with the painting's tour to four Scottish venues in late 2017 and early 2018 (Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, 6 October 19 November 2017; Perth Museum and Art Gallery, 25 November 2017 14 January 2018; Paisley Museum and Art Gallery, 20 January 11 March 2018; Kirkcudbright Galleries, 25 March 12 May 2018). 30 colour illustrations

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781911054177
ISBN-10: 1911054171
Format: Hardback
(190mm x 170mm x 0mm)
Pages: 64
Imprint: National Galleries of Scotland
Publisher: National Galleries of Scotland
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2017
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Christopher Baker

Christopher Baker has been the Director of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery since 2012 and in addition is currently Acting Director of the Scottish National Gallery. His previous publications include Jean-Etienne Liotard (2015), J.M.W. Turner: The Vaughan Bequest (2006; new edition due 2018) and English Drawings and Watercolours: 1600-1900 (2011).

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