In Search of a Masterpiece: An Art Lover's Guide to Great Britain & Ireland (hardcover)

By Christopher Lloyd

In Search of a Masterpiece is a personal selection of paintings that Christopher Lloyd has come across and enjoyed in public collections during the course of his career, and its purpose is to encourage others to visit galleries and museums and enjoy the same and further pleasures.

With 273 colour illustrations, eight are from the National Portrait Gallery. Portraits included, and discussed, are Edward VI Aged Nine by Guillim Scrots, John Wilkes and his Daughter Mary by Johann Zoffany, Captain Frederick Burnaby by James Tissot, Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour by John Singer Sargent, Dame Laura Knight, Self-portrait with Nude Model, Baron Clark of Saltwood by Graham Sutherland, Darcey Bussell by Allen Jones and Sir Jonathan Miller by Stephen Conroy.

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The search begins in London, but very much lies further afield, including some surprises and many pictures of marvellous quality: a learned and enthusiastic guide, Christopher Lloyd leads us through the regions of England and on to Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Throughout, short outlines are given of the history of the museums and galleries from which the selection is made. In the course of the journey he introduces 266 paintings by a host of artists from different centuries and and countries, from c. 1300 to the present day. Some of the works are world-famous, while others are exciting discoveries that a visitor might well miss. Each entry includes an account of the artist.

In Search of a Masterpiece can be enjoyed at home or in a museum, in the company of the chosen pictures. Throughout, Christopher Lloyd's intention is to share the thrill of expectation and sheer visual pleasure that he experiences whenever he walks into a gallery full of pictures.

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