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The Battle for British Art

Andrew Graham-Dixon chronicles British art in the 18th century. He reveals how William Hogarth used an orphanage to lure affluent patrons, while Joshua Reynolds betrayed his ideals as his portraits of aristocrats and prostitutes made him wealthy. He discovers the tricks and tantrums involved in Reynolds' long battle with Thomas Gainsborough, and explains how years spent dissecting rotting horse carcasses led George Stubbs to one of the greatest artistic discoveries since the time of Leonardo da Vinci.

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1 hour

Last on

Wed 7 Feb 2007 23:25
BBC Two except East, Yorkshire


Role Contributor
PresenterAndrew Graham-Dixon
ProducerJohn Hay
Executive ProducerKim Thomas
DirectorJohn Hay