This fascinating book tells the tale of the two years spent by the author sitting for two portraits, one in oils, one etched, by the famous artist Lucian Freud. In his 'author's note', Martin Gayford says: "Some conversations and events I have omitted, in places I have amplified my thoughts of five years ago, a few exchanges and incidents have been moved ... in time to assist the narrative flow, but essentially what follows is a record of what happened in the studio." The book thus gives the inside story of how it feels to pose for a remarkable artist, from the point of view of a well-known art critic, and is thus unique in its approach. It is also a beautiful volume, enhanced by many reproductions of Freud's works and photographs of the artist at work (by David Dawson).
Martin Gayford is the art critic for the Spectator, a post he held previously (1994-2002), and has also worked for the Sunday Telegraph and Bloomberg News (till 2013). Author of a number of books about famous artists including Constable, Van Gogh and Gauguin, he lives in Cambridge.
Our copy of the book is in excellent condition, with an equally excellent dust jacket marred only by some small pale stains on the front portion. Bound in dark charcoal cloth with publisher's logo imprinted on the front, and title etc in silver lettering on the spine, the book shows no signs of wear or use; there are two tiny whitish spots at the bottom of the front cover (see photo). Inside, the binding is firm and all pages clean and bright. A dark-blue silk page marker is present. The author's signature adorns the title page.