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FAME & FACEs: Portraits & caricatures of women in the reign of george iii

The prominence and popularity of portraiture during the eighteenth century meant that the public profiles of elite families, particularly those of privileged women, reached unprecedented levels. In some cases — as with Emma Hamilton — sitters could even rise in social standing as a result of skilful portraits and the fame that ensued signalled the emergence of the modern-day celebrity.

Portraits celebrated the virtues of women as mothers or accomplished ladies, and significant moments in life were commemorated with a portrait: engagements; marriage; maternity; election to a club — bringing women into the public realm at a time of expanding female social and intellectual opportunities, through the newly emerging pleasure gardens, assembly rooms, theatre and operas, let alone painting exhibitions at the Royal Academy.

But portraiture was soon followed by caricature, and there is a sharp contrast between the grand manner portraits, conversation pieces, and satirical prints - which had a moralising function. Fame & Faces explores the portrayal of women in the Reign of George III, a defining age of British art.

 
 
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latitude north by charles moseley

From a deserted mining camp in the Arctic Circle to the deck of a deep sea trawler, Charles Moseley has explored every corner of the northern lands and seas. In this captivating work, he describes a haunting world, where the voices of the past are never quiet. From his account of the last days of the Viking settlements in Greenland to his own experiences on the melting glaciers of Spitsbergen, he reminds us how deceptive are human ideas of permanence, and how fragile are the systems of these starkly beautiful lands. A study of the literature, history, culture, geography and ecology of the northern regions from Norway to Greenland.

 
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explaining cameron’s catastrophe by sir robert worcester, roger mortimore, paul baines and mark gill

Explaining Cameron's Catastrophe uses expert analyses of hundreds of surveys and focus groups run by Ipsos MORI to make sense of the UK's 2016 EU referendum: how we got here; the context, content and process; lessons from 1975; what remain did wrong; why the leave campaign was so successful; voters attitudes; and the aftermath. They also show what the 2016 referendum result, and life without the EU, means for the future of the UK.