The Artist’s Model: From Etty to Spencer
Artist(s): William Etty, Stanley Spencer, Dod Proctor, Glyn Philpot etc
Author(s): Martin Postle and William Vaughan
Edition: First Edition
Year published: 1999
Publisher: Merrell Holberton
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 144
Illustrations: 120 colour illustrations
Beautifully illustrated hardback in original dust-jacket. No inscriptions, highlighting or underlining. Some slight shelf-wear to dust-jacket, otherwise very good. This book shows examples of studies of the male and female nude by both well known and lesser artists. It recreates the atmosphere of the life class and studio, examining, for example, the occurrence of covert homosexuality and the underpaid reality of a once derided profession; only a few models made it to the Café Royal and the glamour of a bohemian lifestyle among the rich and fashionable. It also discusses changing reaction to the nudes it illustrates – a reaction not always in favour of the body beautiful, for in some respects our age demands greater control of nakedness than the Victorians ever did.
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