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Just as the sea and ships have long fascinated mankind so man has delighted in their pictorial representation. From the simplest of seascapes to the raging storms of Turner, from the wildness of the naval battle to the gentle domesticity of a placid beach scene by Boudin, these perennial subjects have obsessed artists from the solidly academic to the genuinely revolutionary. William Gaunts concise but masterly survey of this most beloved of art forms takes the reader from ancient times to the present day, from England to Europe, from the United States to the Orient and throughout his perceptive narrative of the reader is presented with a sumptuous collection of superb 200 b/w & 43 colour illust. Title-page: Beach at Scheveningem.reproductions in colour and black-and-white. The book also contains biographies of the artists written about and illustrated.
The condition of the book itself is very good, with no loose, missing or dog-eared pages. The spine is good with no splits or cracks, the binding is very firm, as new with sound hinges, its pages are otherwise very clean, with no margin notes or underlining, no staining or foxing. The boards are covered in blue cloth, and are also as new, no bumped corners or wear. The dust wrapper is good, price clipped, with no rubbing splits or tears, some light wear. Profusely Illustrated with B&W and colour plates. This heavy book measures 9 x 11 inches, and has 264 pages.