The historic surroundings of Marble Hill, Orleans House, York House, Pope’s Grotto, Strawberry Hill, Garrick’s Temple and Turner’s Sandycombe Lodge have provided a constant source of inspiration for resident and visiting artists, and occasioned a remarkable flowering of talent within the Twickenham area, further enhanced by the constant presence of the Thames as it flows from Hampton to Isleworth and beyond.
In The Coloured Mass, David Allan takes us on a vividly-constructed and scholarly journey through the art history of the area. The lives and works of more than eighty artists come under consideration in this copiously illustrated study, whose six sections cover:
1: The 16th century. ‘The Glory of God and the Splendour of Princes’
2: The 17th century. Masters of the Baroque
3: The 18th century. Connoisseurship and ‘High Art’ versus Portraiture
4: The 19th century. The Genius of Landscape and the Photographic Interlude
5: The Earlier 20th century. Expressionists, Collectors and Amateurs
6: The Later 20th and into the 21st century. Applied Art, Art Education
and Abstract Art.
Appendices contain a biographical checklist, a bibliography and details of local art collections.
The book costs and has 112 pages, colour throughout, 22.5 x18.5 cm, casebound with full colour dustjacket, over 100 illustrations and maps.