National Gallery Catalogues

The Eighteenth-Century French Paintings

Humphrey Wine

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January 29, 2019
632 pages, 8 1/2 x 11 1/4
440 color illus.
ISBN: 9781857093384

Published by National Gallery Company/Distributed by Yale University Press

The impressive collection of 18th-century French paintings at the National Gallery, London, includes important works by Boucher, Chardin, David, Fragonard, Watteau, and many others. This volume presents over seventy detailed and extensively illustrated entries that expand our understanding of these paintings. Comprehensive research uncovers new information on provenance and on the lives of identified portrait sitters. Humphrey Wine explains the social and political contexts of many of the paintings, and an introductory essay looks at the attitude of 18th-century Britons to the French, as well as the market for 18th-century French paintings then in London salerooms.

Humphrey Wine was formerly the curator of 17th- and 18th-century French paintings at the National Gallery, London.