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Dempsey's People

A folio of British street portraits 1824-1844

David Hansen



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National Portrait Gallery
01 June 2017
This story begins with curator David Hansen's chance discovery of a set of watercolour portraits over 20 years ago, and culminates with a new body of research into little-known portraitist John Dempsey and his enchanting portrayal of British street people. For the first time, 52 of Dempsey's beguiling watercolour portraits are brought together to provide a fresh perspective on the arthistorical narrative of 19th century society. It is a story of the extraordinary travels of Dempsey around Britain, in a time of limited transportation, through to the eventual downturn in the fortunes of travelling painters with the emergence of photography.

Drawn from the collections of Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and the Alexander Turnbull Library in New Zealand, Dempsey's People will draw you into the life and times of Georgian England.

Twenty years of research by Dr David Hansen distilled into the most complete guide on itinerant British portraitist John Dempsey. 52 rare and enchanting, full-colour works from John Dempsey's 'Docker Folio', and more than 60 supplementary images from international collections.
By:   David Hansen
Imprint:   National Portrait Gallery
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 280mm,  Width: 200mm, 
ISBN:   9780995397514
ISBN 10:   0995397511
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   01 June 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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