"The period of the English Civil Wars (1642-51) was one of the most momentous in British history. Never before had the institution of monarchy been so fundamentally challenged. Never before had a monarch been executed. Truly the natural order had been turned upside down."
This book provides insight and perspective about the lives, vanities, and relationships of those who fought in the English Civil Wars through the filter of portraiture, much of it painted as conflict raged.
Roundhead against Cavalier, Royalist against Parliamentarian, Dandy against Puritan - this book examines and deconstructs many of the common preconceptions of the period. Lavishly illustrated, many of these portraits will not have been seen before.
This volume is the first in a series of books on The Face of War.
Angus Haldane is an art historian and independent curator. He is Director of Haldane Fine Art, a London-based art dealership and consultancy with an international clientele which was founded in 2007. Angus studied Classics at Oxford University, after which he graduated from the Courtauld Institute of Art with an MA in Byzantine and Early Renaissance art. He worked for many years as a senior specialist in paintings at Christie's and Sotheby's in London. His deep knowledge and passion extend from the art of the sixteenth century to the contemporary era. He has catalogued museum collections, has appeared as an art commentator on the BBC and CNN and speaks French, Italian and Russian. Angus has published articles in periodicals but this is his first book.