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.
Members price: £26.95
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.
While we make every effort to give accurate descriptions of our products, the dimensions, colour and other specifications sometimes change. Consequently, dimensions quoted should be treated as a guide only. We charge a flat rate £3.99 for postage and packaging in the UK, regardless of quantity, size, or value. Postage and packaging to the EU ranges from £7.00 to a maximum of £20.00, and Worldwide from £9.00 to £25.00. Prices, which include VAT where appropriate, may also vary from those in our shops. All items are subject to availability at the time of ordering, so please allow a maximum of 10 working days for any item that is out of stock.
All purchases support the National Portrait Gallery