From Churchill’s thunderous ‘bulldog chewing a wasp’ photo, to the perfectly brushed tragic beauties of the 18th century; Simon Schama’s ‘The Face of Britain’ is full of fascinating back stories. 

Francis Drake’s ruddy Elizabethan countenance, the wicked cartoons and caricatures of Georgian England, Queen Victoria and Albert’s early experiments with the happy family photo; there is an intimacy about Schama’s pen portraits which brings their times to life. 

These many faces of Britain’s past are well worth the exploring.

The Face of Britain: The Nation through Its Portraits

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