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The Look of Love (paperback)

Published Date:
February 2014
British Library Publishing
Bibliographic Details:
Paperback, 144 pages, 190x150mm, includes 130 colour illustrations
Free UK P&P for orders over £15

Romantic Illustration Through the Ages

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A glorious celebration of love through the ages, gathering together more than 100 romantic illustrations from the flirtatious to the kitsch, the charming to the ironic. Vintage imagery is drawn from a huge range of sources – fashion magazines, medieval illuminated manuscripts, book covers, paintings and cartoons – and it ranges from exquisite depictions of courtly love in the Middle Ages to the pulp novels of the 20th century; from elves in fairy-land to a honeymoon in space.

Great lovers from literature – Romeo and Juliet, Tristan and Isolde, Jane Eyre and Mr Rochester, Vishnu and Lakshmi – are lavishly represented alongside a host of first kisses, assignations in the garden, moonlight serenades, and walks down the aisle.

A perfect gift for Valentines Day or anyone interested in romantic illustrations.

Selected prints from The Look of Love are available here

'The Look of Love contains more than 100 pictures, from 15th-century depictions of courtly love to saucy postcards, Victorian Valentine's cards and 1920s magazine covers, as well as the protagonists in famous love stories: Trolius and Cressida, Tristan and Isolde, Col Brandon rescuing Marianne Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility, and even Titania and Bottom.'
Country Life
'This charming little book brings together more than a 100 years of images of romantic love: kisses, midnight trysts, nuptials and illicit assignations. Famous pairs from European classics – Romeo and Juliet, Jane Eyre and Rochester – are joined by exotic lovers from India and Japan.'
The Lady Magazine
`…a wondrous celebration of love through the centuries… simply a collection of beautiful illustrations and quotations on the theme of love.`
Frances Spiegel,

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