WIN a copy of The Conversation Piece by Kate Retford

  • 26 October 2017

To celebrate the publication of The Conversation Piece: Making Modern Art in Eighteenth-Century Britain by Kate Retford (RRP £45) we have a copy to give away to one lucky winner.

Book cover Pioneered by William Hogarth (1697–1764) and his peers in the early eighteenth century, and then revitalised by Johan Zoffany (1733–1810), the conversation piece was an innovative mode of portraiture, depicting groups posed in landscape or domestic settings. Paying particular attention to the vibrant (and at times fabricated) interior and exterior settings in these works, Kate Retford discusses the various ways that the conversation piece engaged with the rich material culture of Georgian Britain.

To be in with a chance of winning simply let us know who you think painted this famous conversation piece…

Group portrait with a mother and daughter on horseback

Artist = ?? , The Drummond Family, ca 1769, Yale Center for British Arts, Paul Mellon Collection

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Competition closes at 4pm BST on Thursday 9th November.

Terms & Conditions

  1. The closing date is Thursday 9 November at 4pm (GMT)
  2. Only one entry per prize draw per social media account
  3. Winner will be selected at random after the closing date.
  4. Winner will be notified by message on relevent social media platform (using the details provided at entry) within a week of the closing date. Following such notification, the winner will be required to send full details of their postal address to which the Prize will be delivered.
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  6. Please allow 28 days for delivery of the Prize. We accept no responsibility for the Prize being lost, damaged or delayed in the post.

Kate Retford will be one of the authors joining us for our inaugural PMC Book Night taking place on 6 December. Book a free ticket here.