THE NELSON PORTRAITS. AN ICONOGRAPHY OF HORATIO VISCOUNT NELSON, K.B. VICE-ADMIRAL OF THE WHITE.

Walker, Richard.


£75.00




Portsmouth, 1st.ed., 1998. Xx + 316 pp., cold. frontis + 167 other plates & ills (some cold.). D.j., 28 x 22cm. MINT in its original box. The Limited Edition of 500 copies only, signed by the late Richard Walker. This is the definitive study of Nelson portraiture, one of the most important and most beautifully illustrated books on Nelson to appear for many years. The late Richard Walker was an authority on the subject and he describes every known contemporary image of the Admiral ' 238 in all ' and the portraits themselves are reproduced to a very high standard - a number in colour. In the first part of the book, the author reviews the portraits and places them in their historical and iconographic context, demonstrating how the portraits can provide significant evidence regarding Nelson's various wounds, illnesses and state of mind. The second part of the book provides a detailed and invaluable catalogue with the history and provenance of all the known portraits created in Nelson's lifetime or immediately after his death in 1805, including oil paintings, water-colours, drawings, busts, sculpture, engravings and prints. With 168 illustrations and 3 interesting appendices, this piece of scholarly research will remain the standard work on the subject for many years to come.


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