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Heroes and Villains

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Matthew Parris is a columnist for The Times and The Spectator. He is also an author and a broadcaster.

Gerald Scarfe's long and prestigious career has included work for Private Eye , Punch , The Sunday Times and The New Yorker . He is also well known for his award-winning designs for animation, film, opera, theatre and ballet.

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Heroes and Villains
Scarfe at the National Portrait Gallery

Introductory essay
by Matthew Parris
With contributions by over 45 celebrities, writers and experts

Heroes and Villains is a unique collaboration with the caricaturist Gerald Scarfe, which will also be the subject of a documentary on BBC Four. In the book, portraits of well-known figures, selected from the National Portrait Gallery's collections, are quirkily juxtaposed with caricatures that depict their villainous side. Gerald Scarfe, Britain's best-known caricaturist, provides these artful, glib distortions, many of which have been specially commissioned. They reveal the wit and vision of an exceptional draughtsman at work.

Joanna Lumley, Sir Peter Hall and Melvyn Bragg are just a few of the people who argue their views for and against, on subjects as wide ranging as Henry VIII, Oswald Mosley, Virginia Woolf, Princess Diana and David and Victoria Beckham.


280 x 220mm, 160 pages
100 illustrations, 75 in colour
ISBN 1 85514 338 0
£20 (hardback)
First edition, only opened to be signed Price: £75.00
Published September 2003

Bookshop Gallery Display
National Portrait Gallery, London
30 September 2003 - 4 April 2004

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