An addition to the Great Lives in Brief series, this is a skillful as well as succinct portrait of our greatest portraitist. Born in Jamestown Rhode Island, Stuart grew up to be an 18th century genius- but a worldling as well, a ladies man and an epicure, and in the deepest sense of the word- an individualist and libertarian. But if a sitter displeased him, he dropped his brushes and refused the commission. Under this elegant 18th century facade, he hid a passionate and tortured nature. But this fissure only gave him keener insight into the human physiognomy- and portrait painting was his one real passion. It was the human face, lined with life, which gave him the key to the inner nature that always fascinated him. Famous in his day as now, he died in poverty and bitterness.... The market for this series should be established- by now.