A Life in Pictures
From his ‘lucky, lucky childhood’, a war baby growing up in his mother’s sweet shop, to experiencing ‘another burst of wonder’ as a grandfather, Michael Foreman tells the story of his life in prose suited to readers young and old, and in pictures from the books he has illustrated. Tracing his career through those story books, Foreman describes his collaborations with writers, especially Terry Jones and Michael Morpurgo, who has written the foreword for this charmed life in pictures – and stories.
The world of fantasy artists Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell is one of muscle-bound heroes, beautiful - and also muscle-bound - women, dragons and monsters in other-worldly and often violent landscapes. In this volume the two artists present 145 reproductions of recent, previously unpublished images, and chapters telling their own stories and discussing elements of their art. With the book, inside the back cover, there is a set of ten limited edition art prints.
The Tragedy of a Pre-Raphaelite Supermodel
Elizabeth Siddal (1829–1862) rose from the obscurity of a Southwark slum to become one of the most famous faces in Victorian Britain, her features immortalized as Millais's doomed Ophelia and Rossetti's Beata Beatrix. Yet Lizzie Siddal, model for the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and wife of Rossetti, was an artist (Ruskin was her patron) and a poet in her own right. This biography takes Lizzie out of her husband's shadow, describing a woman who ran counter to Victorian convention, yet became a Victorian ideal, and whose life of emotional turmoil ended in suicide.
Water Lilies & The Garden of Giverny
In 1883, Claude Monet sailed his studio boat down the Seine and came upon a farmhouse in the tiny hamlet of Giverny. It was here that he would spend the rest of his life, creating the gardens and lily ponds that inspired his best-known works. Richly illustrated with many of his paintings, this magnificent book explores his life and art, his subtle mastery of light, and the creation of the Grandes Decorations that now hang in the Orangerie in Paris.
Master of Art Deco
Born in Romania, Demetre Chiparus studied in Paris and stayed on to experience the cultural explosion of the inter-war years. He became an iconic Art Deco sculptor, his delicate figurines – which depict elaborately dressed dancers, children and animals – enjoying great popularity. Charting his life and influences, and the materials and foundries he used, this volume, originally launched in 1993, includes colour plates of his work, recently discovered pieces and updated information, alongside a selection of his paintings.
The Royal Portrait
Image and Impact
What constitutes a royal portrait? Jennifer Scott discusses visual portrayals of kings, queens, princes and princesses, from the portrait of Richard II by an anonymous 14th-century artist to Annie Leibovitz’s photograph of Elizabeth II in 2007. Illustrated with 157 examples, including works by great artists from Hans Holbein to Lucien Freud, the study explores the factors that contribute to a royal portrait: its accuracy of appearance, the artist’s aspirations, and the intended location and audience of the work.
The Comic Art of Thomas Rowlandson
Portly squires and foppish dandies, Jane-Austenesque heroines and their grotesque chaperones, dashing young officers and corrupt politicians… Thomas Rowlandson (1757–1827) skewered the follies and vices of his age better than any satirist since Hogarth. This catalogue brings together 100 of his scabrous engravings, largely from the Royal Collections. Mercilessly lampooning King George III, his troublesome offspring, and politicians such as William Pitt, they form a rogues’ gallery of Georgian England, and remain an inspiration to cartoonists today.
Edward Lear's Nonsense Birds
Coming to life in just a few, seemingly effortless lines and the occasional wash of colour, Edward Lear’s nonsense birds have personality, attitude and, quite often, very human traits. Drawing on the British Library collections, this book presents birds from several of Lear’s original nonsense books, and includes stories, limericks, birds for learning colours and birds for learning the alphabet.
George Smart the Tailor of Frant
Artist in Cloth & Velvet Figures
Using off-cuts from his tailoring fabrics, George Smart created works now recognized as folk art. Exhibited at Tate Britain in 2014, this subsequent publication showcases 70 of Smart’s artworks, and pieces together a biography of the artist’s scantly recorded life.
‘Thomas Gainsborough lived as if electricity shot through his sinews and crackled at his finger ends.’ A gentle, empathetic family man, he also had a volatile streak that could lead him to slash his paintings, and a loose way of talking that shocked society. This biography reveals how an easygoing Suffolk lad was propelled to the highest echelons of Georgian Bath and London by his vast natural talent, and explores the contradictions of this complex and charismatic painter.
Themes and Variations
Thomas Gainsborough (1727–1788) earned his living and his fame through portraiture, but enjoyed and valued painting landscape above the ‘curs’d face business’. Published to accompany the first exhibition devoted solely to his landscape paintings and drawings, and illustrated with 35 finished works and 23 drawings and variations, this volume reveals the themes to which Gainsborough returned again and again, among them the ‘modesty of nature’, ‘quietness and ease’ and evening light.
Animal Prints from the British Museum
A rampaging elephant, a giant fish, an amorous goat and a monstrous pig are some of the fabled creatures featured in this collection of British Museum prints from the 15th to the early 19th century. The prints, which include woodcuts, engravings and etchings by Lucas Cranach the Elder, Goya, Stubbs and Bewick, are accompanied by insightful commentary on the history and symbolism of the depicted beasts.
The Chapel of St John the Baptist in the Church of São Roque
The Commission, The Building, The Collections
Commissioned by King John V of Portugal, the Chapel of St John the Baptist was built in Rome in 1747 before being dismantled and shipped to Lisbon, where it was reassembled in the church of São Roque. This comprehensive survey incorporates new research into the extraordinary circumstances of its design and construction, while its generous selection of colour photographs showcases the chapel’s architecture, statuary, metalwork and mosaics, alongside its rich collections of silverware, fabrics and antiquarian books.
The Hardy Family of Artists
Frederick Daniel, George, Heywood, James and Their Descendants
From James Hardy senior (1801–1879), who painted portrait miniatures in the 1820s, the traditions and skills of painting were handed down through generations of the Hardy family, whose members included some of the leading genre and animal painters of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Drawing on a collection of unpublished letters, documents and photographs inherited from the artists’ descendants, Kimber Hardy presents the first comprehensive assessment of their work.
A Passion for Glass
The Dan Klein & Alan J Poole Private Collection of Modern Glass
Dan Klein and Alan Poole were the foremost promoters of contemporary British and Irish artists working in glass. On Klein’s death in 2009, their extraordinary collection was gifted to the National Museums of Scotland. Illustrated in colour throughout, this catalogue showcases hundreds of these works, from exquisite tableware to dynamic sculptures, and provides biographical information on every artist.
Painting the Toon
Geordie painter John Coatsworth stumbled across his signature style in 1997 when he made a sketch of St James's Park stadium, bending the shapes and perspective to create vibrancy, rhythm and flow. His subsequent vibrantly coloured 'curvation' paintings quickly gained local commissions and an army of fans through cards and prints. This retrospective collection includes early works in different styles as well as his popular paintings of Newcastle and the North East.
Artists, Friends, and Lovers
At no other time and place was the art of portraiture so rich or varied as in early 20th-century Paris. Liberated by photography from the demand for naturalism, it flourished in a kaleidoscope of styles – Cubist, Surrealist, Expressionist. This catalogue of a major exhibition at the Bruce Museum in Connecticut reproduces almost 50 works by Picasso, Matisse, Chagall, Modigliani and Duchamp, along with a host of lesser-known artists, and explores the vibrant artistic and social milieu in which they worked.
Artist and Adventurer
One of the leading figures in 18th-century art, the portrait painter Johan Zoffany (1733–1810) was born in Bavaria, but travelled and worked in Germany, Italy, colonial India, and in England, where he settled and where his conversation pieces, theatrical portraiture and portraits of aristocrats and royalty met with great success. This book is the first comprehensive biography of Zoffany and is richly illustrated with reproductions of his paintings, including a number of self-portraits.
Gainsborough's Cottage Doors
An Insight into the Artist's Last Decade
Inspired by the recent identification of a third autograph version of Thomas Gainsborough’s late masterpiece The Cottage Door in the Huntington Art Collections in San Marino, California, this book examines the multiple versions of designs that the artist produced in the 1780s. It demonstrates how, without the pressure of exhibiting annually or finishing commissioned portraits, Gainsborough’s work became more personal and more thoughtful.
Deaf, Dumb & Brilliant
Johannes Thopas: Master Draughtsman
Until recently, little was known about Johannes Thopas. Born deaf-mute around 1626 in Deventer, he spent his entire life under the guardianship of his family, while producing pencil portraits of extraordinary verisimilitude, subtle detail and rich chiaroscuro. Published to accompany an exhibition at the Rembrandt House Museum in Amsterdam, this catalogue reproduces almost 70 of his works, while the accompanying essays reconstruct his life and career, and set them against the background of the Golden Age of Dutch art.
Wild in Europe
Art by Renso Tamse
Born in Rotterdam, the wildlife artist Renso Tamse began drawing at the age of five. This book charts his journeys through Europe – from Ireland to Cyprus, from Spain to Scandinavia – in pursuit of its flora and fauna. In his paintings and drawings he captures the wildlife of the continent in all its majesty and mystery: a roe deer in the Black Forest, a golden eagle in the Pyrenees, a wary fox on Dartmoor, and many other magnificent creatures.
Trailing the Albatross, an Artist's Journey
A mysterious decline in the populations of albatrosses and other seabirds nesting in remote locations in the Southern Ocean has been revealed to be their ensnarement in the tackle of long-line fishing vessels. Artist Bruce Pearson highlights the problem in this portfolio, which includes his paintings and sketches made in South Georgia in the 1970s as well as recent paintings and drawings of southern seabirds and the fishing trade that threatens their survival.
New Forest Painters
A Celebration of The New Forest National Park
Designated a National Park in 2005, the New Forest contains some of the last remaining tracts of lowland heath in western Europe, as well as ancient forest and coastal land, and a host of rare flora and fauna is associated with each environment. This celebration of the area is the collected work of six local artists exploring the varied landscapes, the nature and wildlife and some of the human activity that is also part of the life of the forest.
Lines from Nature
John Busby (1928–2015) was a celebrated wildlife artist, illustrator and teacher who became widely known in the 1980s for his groundbreaking RSPB book Drawing Birds. His ability to capture the living essence of birds and other wildlife in deft, often minimal strokes of the pencil or brush is celebrated in this last of his books, in which he explores his favourite subjects from birds in the garden to seaside rock pools and tigers in India.