The Spectator reviews Face to Face: British Portraits in the Twentieth Century

The Spectator’s Bevis Hiller has reviewed Philip Vann’s book on the Collection, Face to Face: British Portraits in the Twentieth Century.

In Hiller’s own words:  'Self-portraits give much the same chances as memoirs: they can be vain or modest, revealing or concealing, superficial or deeply introspective. So, when a mass of self-portraits is set before you, as in this finely produced book, you soon begin to work out who is posturing and who is for real — and to decide whether Keats was right in equating truth and beauty.'


Read the interview in full here.

July 10, 2004
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