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The optickal illusion : a very eighteenth-century scandal

Author: Rachel Halliburton
Publisher: London : Duckworth Overlook, 2018.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"It is three years from the dawn of a new century and in London, nothing is certain any more: the future of the monarchy is in question, the city is aflame with right and left-wing conspiracies, and the French could invade any day. Against this feverish atmosphere, the American painter Benjamin West is visited by a strange father and daughter, the Provises, who claim they have a secret that has obsessed painters for  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographical fiction
Fiction
History
Historical fiction
Named Person: Benjamin West; Benjamin West
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rachel Halliburton
ISBN: 9780715651971 0715651978
OCLC Number: 1024254166
Awards: Short-listed for HWA Crown Debut for Historical Fiction 2018 (UK)
Description: 1 volume ; 25 cm
Responsibility: Rachel Halliburton.

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"It is three years from the dawn of a new century and in London, nothing is certain any more: the future of the monarchy is in question, the city is aflame with right and left-wing conspiracies, and the French could invade any day. Against this feverish atmosphere, the American painter Benjamin West is visited by a strange father and daughter, the Provises, who claim they have a secret that has obsessed painters for centuries: the Venetian techniques of master painter Titian. West was once the most celebrated painter in London, but hasn't produced anything of note in years so against his better judgment he agrees to let the intriguing Ann Jemima Provis visit his studio and demonstrate what she knows. What unravels reveals more than he has ever understood - about himself, about the treachery of the art world and the seductive promise of genius. The nature of truth itself is called into question in this story of envy, lust and corruption."--Provided by publisher.

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