Kenwood

    SubTitle

    Paintings in the Iveagh Bequest
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        Hardback

        Publication Date

        15 May 2012

        Summary

        Catalogue of the Iveagh Bequest collection of paintings, housed at Kenwood House in London. Each work is discussed and illustrated and there are also two introductory essays which provide context for the collection.
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        Main Summary

          Set high on a ridge in historic parkland less than five miles from Trafalgar Square, Kenwood is London's favourite 'country house'.  Remodelled by Robert Adam in the eighteenth century, in 1928 it became the home of the Iveagh Bequest, a superb collection of old master paintings that includes Rembrandt's most celebrated self-portrait, the only Vermeer in England outside the National Gallery and the Royal Collection, Gainsborough's Countess Howe, and classic works by Reynolds, Romney, Lawrence and Turner.  The collection was formed between 1887 and 1891 by Edward Cecil Guiness, 1st Earl of Iveagh, chairman of the world's leading brewery, who gave it to the nation with the house and estate.

          This lovely book discusses each work, revealing the personalities behind the faces in the portraits, the social circumstances of each commission, and the way that art met the ambitions of artists, patrons, sitters and collectors.  There are also two introductory essays that provide context for the house and discuss the ways in which Lord Iveagh was a pioneer collector.  Beautifully produced, this catalogue of paintings is the essential book of Kenwood.

          Additional Information

          Author

          Julius Bryant

          Author Information

          Julius Bryant was the chief curator at English Heritage until 2005. His responsibilities at Kenwood date from 1983 when he was appointed assistant curator of the Iveagh Bequest.

          Publishing Status

          Active

          Size

          290mm

          Number of Illustrations

          400

          Number of Pages

          448

          ISBN

          9781848021280

          Contents

            Foreword by the Earl of Iveagh
            Introduction
            1. Kenwood: London's 'finest country residence'
            2. Lord Iveagh as a Collector: 'This Dream of a Golden Age'
            3. Introduction to the Collection
            4. Arrangement of the Catalogue
            Catalogue
            Part 1: Seventeenth-Century Artists
            Part 2: Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Continental Artists
            Part 3: Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Artists
            Annex
            Bibliography

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