A Guide to Tudor and Jacobean Portraits

A Guide to Tudor and Jacobean Portraits cover


Tarnya Cooper is Curator of Sixteenth-century Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, London. She co-curated the exhibition Elizabeth at the National Maritime Museum, and curated Searching for Shakespeare at the National Portrait Gallery.

Antonia Fraser is a best-selling author of narrative history who brings the past to life with exceptional vividness.


Reprinted January 2012
Price: £6.99
ISBN: 978 1 85514 451 4
Format: 240 x 180 mm
Extent: 48 pages
Illustrations: 50 colour
Binding: Paperback
Category: History/Biography/Reference

Out of print

A Guide to Tudor and Jacobean Portraits
Tarnya Cooper
Foreword by Antonia Fraser

Tarnya Cooper discusses key surviving works, including those of Henry VIII, Katherine Parr, Walter Ralegh, Elizabeth I and James I. She explains why portraiture thrived during this period and why, with the declining demand for religious paintings in Northern Europe, emigrant artists such as Hans Holbein the Younger came to England to seek a new market.

With lively engaging text and a dynamic design, the guide is organised thematically: the themes include costume and portraiture, pictures with stories to tell, monarchy, family portraits and artists and techniques. A visual timeline is included to show at a glimpse the major developments in portraiture during this period. Tarnya Cooper also includes some surprisingly beautiful technical pictures from her latest research, making her expert knowledge accessible and fascinating.

Aimed to have widespread appeal to readers of all ages, Antonia Fraser’s foreword shows how portraiture illuminates history and brings it to life. As Britain moved away from being just a small part of Catholic Christendom and established itself as a Protestant country, with the monarch as the head of the Church, the individual became increasingly important. This guide shows not only how people chose to present themselves, but also introduces their fascinating lives and times.

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