Stock Image

The Art of Domestic Life: Family Portraiture in Eighteenth-Century England (Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art)

Retford, Kate

Published by Paul Mellon Centre BA
ISBN 10: 0300110014 / ISBN 13: 9780300110012
New / Hardcover / Quantity Available: 1
From Kennys Bookstore (Olney, MD, U.S.A.)
Available From More Booksellers
View all  copies of this book
Add to basket
List Price:
Price: 35.81
Convert Currency
Shipping: 0
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

Save for Later

About the Book

Bibliographic Details

Title: The Art of Domestic Life: Family Portraiture...

Publisher: Paul Mellon Centre BA

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New


2006. Hardcover. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780300110012

About this title:

Book ratings provided by GoodReads:
4.57 avg rating
(7 ratings)

Synopsis: This book is the first to explore English family portraiture in the 18th century, a varied category ranging from small-scale conversation pieces to grandiose, full-length images. Kate Retford probes this much-loved genre to trace the values and meanings behind these compositions.
While early images by artists such as Arthur Devis depicted sitters stiffly posed, later in the century scenes of affection and intimacy were created by portraitists like Thomas Gainsborough and Joshua Reynolds. In the country-house collections, portraits first emphasized ancestry and inherited virtue, but later emphasized the domestic merits of the family. The Art of Domestic Life contributes a wealth of visual evidence to the history of the family. It offers important insights into both the innovations and traditions in family portraiture of this period, drawing on in-depth research into paintings, the lives of the sitters depicted, and the domestic spaces in which portraits were hung. Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

About the Author: Kate Retford is a lecturer at Birkbeck College, University of London.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Bookseller & Payment Information

Payment Methods

This bookseller accepts the following methods of payment:

  • American Express
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

[Search this Seller's Books]

[List this Seller's Books]

[Ask Bookseller a Question]

Bookseller: Kennys Bookstore
Address: Olney, MD, U.S.A.

AbeBooks Bookseller Since: 09 October 2009
Bookseller Rating: 5-star rating

Terms of Sale:

We guarantee the condition of every book as it's described on the Abebooks web
sites. If you're dissatisfied with your purchase (Incorrect Book/Not as
Described/Damaged) or if the order hasn't arrived, you're eligible for a refund
within 30 days of the estimated delivery date. For any queries please use the contact seller link or send an email to,

Conor Kenny

Shipping Terms:

All books securely packaged. Some books ship from Ireland.

Store Description: We carry a comprehensive range of out of print and rare books.