He was black in the face, and they scarcely could trace
The least likeness to what he had been:
While so great was his fright that his waistcoat turned white –
A wonderful thing to be seen!
The Hunting of the Snark
The human face and body has always had a fascination for artists: some, like Gainsborough and Reynolds, painted little else but portraits. Rembrandt and Van Gogh painted self-portraits obsessively. Sitters were expected to be able to hold a pose, often for hours at a time. With the advent of photographic portraiture, such times were reduced first to minutes, then to seconds, and eventually to fractions of a second. The proliferation of compact cameras and mobile phones ...