The finest pictures in the world are portraits; and of all the many branches of art, portrait painting is the most fascinating. The successful portrait painter, moreover, is more richly rewarded and has a more ready claim to celebrity than his brother artists. Yet, until the publication of this book, no well-known portrait painter has been persuaded to set out the secrets of his success. Here, Mr. Harrington Mann, whose portraiture is famous both in England and the United States, lays bare every detail of technique. He talks with the reader in a friendly, practical way about sitters and art dealers, about the first sketch for a portrait and how far to carry it, about pigments and colour and the drawing of the head. He has intensely valuable chapters on lighting and studio arrangements and last but not least, every point is made completely clear by large scale reproductions in colour and monochrome, from portraits of every school and from explanatory sketches and paintings in colour by the author.
The book is hardcover with a dust jacket. Binding is strong with pages still intact. Text and all illustrations remain very clear and readable. There is evidence of foxing in the first few pages but does not interfere with any text at all. Dust jacket is in a fairly good condition, with minor tears on the edges and top; evidence of shelf wear. Overall, the book is in a good condition and would be suitable for those who are interested to learn the arts of portrait painting!