The British as Art Collectors: From the Tudors to the PresentHardback
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- Publisher: Scala Publishers Ltd
- Format: Hardback | 352 pages
- Dimensions: 238mm x 300mm x 34mm | 2,018g
- Publication date: 16 August 2012
- Publication City/Country: Woodbridge, Suffolk
- ISBN 10: 1857597494
- ISBN 13: 9781857597493
- Illustrations note: 320 Colour, 30 b&w
- Sales rank: 374,692
To see the great art galleries, stately homes and museums up and down Britain today is to witness the rich story of the British as art collectors, a narrative that mirrors the history of the country. In this remarkable new book, James Stourton and Charles Sebag-Montefiore present a comprehensive survey of British art collectors down the centuries. The major collecting landmarks covered include Henry VIII, who harnessed the arts in the service of the crown, Charles I and the Whitehall Circle, the Grand Tour and the country house boom, the bonanza created by the Napoleonic Wars and the Industrial Revolution, French taste, the collecting of Spanish art, the passion for Florence, the 19th-century heyday for the creation of museums, the private collectors who sparked the belated British love affair with Impressionism, the State's role in patronage and collecting after World War II, and the manner in which London has recently become a metropolis of contemporary art. Yet the authors' strengths lie not only in these grand themes, but also in their mastery of detail through the different eras. They write with equal authority about the royal patronage and collecting of the Tudor period, with which they begin, and the collectors of today. Includes over 300 illustrations, including many of the greatest works of art to have featured in British collections.
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James Stourton is Chairman of Sotheby's UK. He is the author of 'Great Collectors of Our Time' and 'Great Smaller Museums of Europe' and frequently writes on the history of collecting. Charles Sebag-Montefiore has spent 40 years creating the definitive library on British patronage and collecting, a unique resource that has enabled the research for this book. He is a Director of Ludgate Investments Ltd and other companies and Treasurer of the Friends of the National Libraries, the Friends of Lambeth Palace Library, the Walpole Society and of other charities. He was a Trustee of the National Art Collections Fund between 2000 and 2011.
Table of contents
Introduction. Royalty: Collecting at Court: Precursors: Collecting and Patronage in the Tudor Age; Jacobean Antiquarians; The Earl and Countess of Arundel; Charles I and the Whitehall Circle; Dispersal and Commonwealth; The Restoration 1660- 1688. Aristocracy: The Country House Boom The Grand Tour: The First Phase; Town and Country in the Early 18th Century; The Grand Tour: High Summer; Horace Walpole and Antiquarian Taste; Archaeology and Antiquity. Plutocracy: Metropolitan Apogee The Orleans Collection and Napoleon's Bonanza; Tastemakers: William Beckford and Thomas Hope; The Champions of the British School; Le Gout Francais; Hispanophile Collecting; The Lure of Florence. Democracy: Collecting in the Museum Age The World beyond Europe; The Founding of the National Gallery; The Victorian Rich; Eclectics and Aesthetes 1880-1914; Catching Up: Modernism 1880-1945; Specialists and Scholars 1918-1945; The Post-War Scene; London: International Art City since 1979. Appendix: Private Collection Catalogues