William Merritt Chase
Having studied in Munich in the 1870s, William Merritt Chase (1849–1916) returned to New York and began developing an American version of Impressionism, depicting modern subjects and particularly the ‘new women’ of urban America. This short biography, illustrated with around 50 reproductions, introduces Chase’s life and his significant contribution to American art.
Winslow Homer and England
The 19 months he spent in England in 1881–82 marked a turning point in the career of the American artist Winslow Homer (1836–1910). After visiting London, he stayed in the Northumbrian coastal village of Cullercoats, and the paintings he did there, particularly of working women and the sea, anticipate the muscular style of his maturity. This catalogue comprises five essays along with reproductions of 79 works, including examples of English paintings and photography which influenced Homer during his time in England.
A Beginner's Guide
From Neoclassicism to Post-Impressionism, this guide outlines the key ideas and principal artists of a century rich with stylistic innovation and controversy. While focusing on developments in France, it also considers important painters working in Germany, America and Britain. Off-mint.
The Stafford Gallery
The Greatest Art Collection of Regency London
On its inauguration at Cleveland House, the home of the Marquess of Stafford, in 1806, the Stafford Gallery housing his private collection was described as the ’Louvre of London’. Among nearly 300 paintings were works by the great Italian, French and Dutch Old Masters and English painters including the young Turner. With over 150 illustrations, this book traces the short history of the collection up to 1830 and its reincarnation in the Sutherland and Bridgewater galleries in the Victorian period.
The Rockies and the Alps
Bierstadt, Calame, and the Romance of the Mountains
On both sides of the Atlantic, 19th-century painters were drawn to the drama and grandeur of mountains. Published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Newark Museum, New Jersey, this book explores the artistic dialogue between the Swiss painter Alexandre Calame (1810–64) and the American Albert Bierstadt (1830–1902). More than 100 illustrations reproduce their work, alongside that of contemporaries such as Turner, Ruskin and Sargent.
The Sculpture of Auguste Rodin at the Legion of Honor
Rodin’s The Thinker has been a prominent exhibit at San Francisco’s Legion of Honor gallery since its opening in 1924, the museum’s founder having been a significant patron of the artist. This exhibition catalogue, published in 2017 to commemorate the centenary of the sculptor’s death, includes newly commissioned photographs of many of Rodin’s most important works, including The Burghers of Calais, The Gates of Hell and The Kiss, as well as plaster models and fragments.
This is Gauguin
After a brief spell in Peru as an infant, Paul Gauguin’s life is characterized by his travel to different parts of France and its colonies. The Breton peasants and indigenous Tahitians he encountered became a major influence on his work. This succinct biography includes reproductions of key paintings as well as newly commissioned illustrations that place the artist in his historical and social context.
Victorian Master of Still Life
George Lance was the Victorian artist who almost single-handedly effected the revival of still life painting. He was much admired by contemporaries such as JMW Turner, yet today his name is all but forgotten. Intended to restore his reputation and bring his art to a contemporary audience, this biography, which is extensively illustrated with his paintings, explores his life and work, including the controversy that led to his exclusion from the Royal Academy.
Sir John Gilbert
Art and Imagination in the Victorian Age
Painter, book illustrator and newspaper sketch artist, the versatile John Gilbert (1817–97) was a huge celebrity in his day. This assessment examines the life and career of a now-neglected Victorian artist. More than 150 illustrations reproduce his work in various media, while essays explore his relationship to Old Masters and contemporaries, scientific examination of his techniques, his transactions with his framers and colourist, and what his success reveals about the 19th-century art market.
The Poor Man's Picture Gallery
Stereoscopy Versus Paintings in the Victorian Era
Popular Victorian paintings were often reproduced as engravings, but photographers also recreated the scenes with actors, to produce stereoscopic cards for commercial sale. Originally published to accompany the exhibition at the Tate Gallery, this slipcased volume explores the relationship between paintings, popular illustrations and cartoons (such as those published in Punch), and 3D stereo photographs. It also includes a stereoscope to view the examples, which are mainly drawn from the collection of Queen guitarist Brian May.
Art in Living Craftsmanship
To mark its 80th anniversary in 2017, the Georgian Group organized an exhibition celebrating the craftspeople who maintain key buildings and landscapes. This catalogue presents the 115 exhibitors, all of whom employ time-honoured working methods, and examines the relationship between the national charity and traditional British craftsmanship.
Painter of Pedigree
Thomas Weaver of Shrewsbury: Animal Artist of the Agricultural Revolution
Thomas Weaver (1774–1844) was an accomplished artist working during the late 18th century, when innovative methods of breeding produced bigger and better domestic animals. Weaver was among a small group of artists who pioneered the painting of owners’ and breeders’ prize sheep, cattle, hounds and thoroughbred stallions. Written by a descendant, with access to Weaver’s papers and diaries, this book tells the story and reproduces the paintings of a successful animal artist during the Agricultural Revolution.
The Secret Life of Suzanne Valadon
In the 1880s Suzanne Valadon was a model for Auguste Renoir and other Impressionists. She was also a painter of considerable talent – a fact that she initially kept secret. Born in poverty in rural France, she was acclaimed by Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec, and became the first female painter exhibited at the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts. This illustrated biography traces the life and career of an exceptional woman whose art spanned many styles and who made her mark in a male-dominated world.
Influence, Infection and the Image of Rome 1700–1870
With reproductions of many unfamiliar works, this book takes a novel approach to artists’ and travellers’ experience of the eternal city between 1700 and 1870: it revisits the history of Rome in terms of the city’s environment and pervasive mal’aria.
The Bauer Brothers
Images of Nature
Franz and Ferdinand Bauer were ground-breaking 18th- and early 19th-century natural history artists. Growing up in Austria, Franz went on to work at Kew Gardens, while Ferdinand travelled to Australia. This volume includes pioneering microscopical drawings depicting plant anatomy, and newly discovered animals, such as the platypus and koala.
Prints and Drawings: Europe 1500–1900
From the Art Gallery of New South Wales
With excellent reproductions of 90 etchings, woodcuts, lithographs and drawings from the collection of European works on paper in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, this volume presents the work of more than 70 artists, from the Renaissance master Andrea Mantegna to Edgar Degas in the late 19th century. The book includes works by many of the great European masters, among them Dürer’s Melencolia (1512) and Little Devil’s Bridge (1809) by Turner, with substantial commentaries on every artist.
Masterpieces of Art
An untrained prodigy, Gustave Doré (1832–1883) became the highest paid illustrator in France at the age of 16 and a world-famous artist by the 1830s, mainly on account of his lithographs for literary works including Dante’s Divine Comedy, Tennyson’s Idylls of the King and the Fables of La Fontaine. In this volume from the Masterpieces of Art series, a concise account of Doré’s life and art accompanies around 90 reproductions of his profoundly influential work.
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.
‘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 unique natural talent, and explores the contradictions of this complex and charismatic painter.
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.
The Beauty of Life
William Morris & The Art of Design
Poet, designer, printer and publisher, William Morris was a man of great energy, range and depth. This illustrated volume surveys his varied achievements and the work of Morris & Company (‘the Firm’), with essays on stained glass; the decoration of houses; the art of the book; and Morris’s chosen artistic successor at the Firm, John Henry Dearle. Published to coincide with an exhibition at the Huntingdon Library in California, the book ends with a discussion of Morris’s influence in America.
The most famous man in Europe in the period immediately predating the invention of photography, Arthur Wellesley was the subject of painters, sculptors and miniaturists from the period of his first successes in Iberia in 1809 to his death in 1852 and beyond. This highly illustrated book examines the many portraits of the Duke of Wellington, places them in the context of key events in his life and also provides a catalogue of works by artist, from Goya to Wilkie.
Masterpieces of Art
From the 1880s to around 1914, a group of young painters based in Glasgow challenged the traditional art of the Scottish Academy, favouring instead the naturalistic ideas of the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, and en plein-air painting. The realism and freedom of their portraits, informal scenes and landscapes was to revolutionize Scottish art. This book introduces the Glasgow Boys – among them James Guthrie, John Lavery, Arthur Melville, George Henry and David Gauld – and presents over 85 reproductions of their work.
Sarah Angelina Acland
First Lady of Colour Photography, 1849–1930
Sarah Acland was inspired to take up photography by her acquaintance with artistic luminaries such as John Ruskin and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Following in the footsteps of Julia Margaret Cameron, whom she also knew, Acland became an important pioneer in the field of colour photography. This catalogue of her work includes the influential photographs she made using the Sanger Shepherd and Autochrome processes. Her subjects include Oxford scenes, architectural and nature studies, and portraits of people in her circle.
1837 to the Present
Now a major reference work on Scottish art, Hardie's book was the first comprehensive study devoted to Scottish painting. Revised and updated in this third edition, the book traces the history of painting in Scotland and discusses its major artists since 1837, with emphasis on the period from about 1860 to 1914 and three important groups: William McTaggart and his contemporaries; the Glasgow School and Charles Rennie Mackintosh; and JD Fergusson and the Scottish Colourists. With 150 colour reproductions.
Van Gogh's Twin
The Scottish Art Dealer Alexander Reid, 1854–1928
Alexander Reid was 'a prince among dealers' whose energy, enthusiasm and judgement shaped the artistic tastes of his day. A friend and champion of Whistler and Van Gogh - to whom the red-bearded Glaswegian bore such a resemblance that the Dutch artist's painting of him was long mistaken for a self-portrait - he went on to promote the Glasgow Boys and the Scottish Colourists. With 94 colour illustrations, this first-ever biography charts the life and work of this important and influential figure.
James McNeill Whistler
In this study of the hugely influential American-born artist James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), Robin Spencer shows how profoundly the painter was influenced by the poetry and literature of his time. The famous libel trial with Ruskin is also discussed and, for the first time, many of the paintings are illustrated in the original frames created by Whistler himself.
Paul Delaroche 1797–1856
Paintings in the Wallace Collection
Reissued to coincide with the exhibition Painting History: Delaroche and Lady Jane Grey in 2011, Stephen Duffy's study of the French history and portrait painter Paul Delaroche discusses the twelve works in the Wallace Collection. The paintings, reproduced along with sketches and related works, include the famous Execution of Lady Jane Grey and The Princes in the Tower.
Louis C Tiffany and the Art of Devotion
Although better known for their stained-glass windows, Louis Comfort Tiffany and the Tiffany Studios created entire interior designs for many of America's leading congregations – Protestant, Catholic and Jewish – providing mosaics, floors and lighting in addition to objects such as altarpieces, pulpits, candlesticks, headstones, vestments and jewellery. Focusing on their church decorations and memorials, this lavish exhibition catalogue reproduces preliminary cartoons and sketches as well as archive photographs of finished pieces, many never before published.
Architecture and Ambition
Turner was a young man when he arrived in Salisbury in 1795, but already he had started to produce acclaimed watercolour studies of cathedrals, many of them undergoing restoration by the architect James Wyatt. Accompanying an exhibition at Salisbury Museum that examined the important commissions that resulted from Turner's contact with the region, this volume contains many rarely seen Turner works on architectural projects including William Beckford's eccentric Fonthill Abbey, Stourhead, buildings on the South Coast and Stonehenge.
of Popular Garden Flowers
The Victorians were passionate about flowers, both in their gardens and in art, and the period saw some of the most superb botanical journals ever published. This volume reproduces hand-coloured lithographs from one of the finest from the 1860s, The Floral Magazine, a collaboration between the botanical illustrator James Andrews and the Rev HH Dombrain. Each of the 95 plants is shown in a full-page reproduction, with Dombrain's text revealing the preoccupations, joys and setbacks of Victorian flower growers.
Regarding Thomas Rowlandson 1757–1827
His Life, Art & Acquaintance
Along with his contemporary Gillray, Thomas Rowlandson (1757–1827) was the greatest graphic satirist of Georgian England, whose scurrilous cartoons mercilessly lampooned the follies of his age and its rulers. Yet he kept no diary and wrote few letters, so little is known about him. Drawing on newspapers, church records and other contemporary accounts, this fully illustrated study sheds new light on Rowlandson's family background, artistic training and professional associations, his travels in Britain and abroad, and his friendships.