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The Face in the Corner
Animal Portraits from the Collections of the National Portrait Gallery
Robin Gibson

This affectionate study of animal portraiture, illustrated throughout with images from the National Portrait Gallery, charts the frequent presence in even the grandest portraits of the sitter's silent companion - cats and dogs and other pets recorded in over 450 years of paintings, sketches, drawings and photographs. From the Elizabethan Sir Henry Unton to the children of Charles I, from the little terrier that records Lady Caroline Lamb's first extra-marital affair to Queen Victoria's favourite dogs, from the extraordinary images of Anna Pavlova and her pet swan to Edith Sitwell and her favourite cat, this books charts the English love-affair with the domestic pet and the delightful and often surprising ways in which their likenesses and life-stories have been handed down to us.


Robin Gibson was Chief Curator at the National Portrait Gallery 1993-2001. He has written extensively on twentieth-century portraiture and photography, and his previous books include Madame Yevonde, The Sitwells, John Bratby Portraits, Glyn Philpot, and Paolozzi Portraits.

210 x 147mm, 96 pages 70 illustrations, 50 in colour
ISBN 1 85514 230 9 £7.50 (paperback)
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