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.
In the Theatre of the Imagination
Quentin Blake is one of Britain’s best-loved illustrators, whose collaboration with Roald Dahl has made him world famous. Ghislaine Kenyon has known him for 20 years, and offers an intimate portrait of the artist and the man. We see him at work in his south London studio, and learn of his love of flying machines, of all things French, and of his lesser-known work for schools, hospitals and charities. The book is liberally illustrated with Blake’s inimitable sketches and paintings.
The Art of Winnie-the-Pooh
How EH Shepard Illustrated an Icon
Forming one of the earliest author and illustrator partnerships, Milne and Shepard worked closely together in the 1920s to create some of the world’s best-loved children’s characters. This illustrated volume reveals the depth of that partnership, and incorporates many of Shepard’s previously unpublished sketches, letters, photos and even a personal Christmas card. The real inspiration for Winnie-the-Pooh is revealed to be Shepard’s son’s teddy bear, Growler, still owned by granddaughter Minette Shepard, who provides the introduction.
Making Great Illustration
Celebrated illustrator Ronald Searle believed that many writers have little idea of how an illustrator might interpret their words, so it 'comes as a revelation to them that you can bring to life their prose or poem'. This exploration of the art of illustration profiles some of the world's leading practitioners in different genres, from advertising and fashion to children's publishing, and includes interviews with the artists, examples of their work and a series of essays by influential clients, agents and curators.
The Art of Aardman
The Aardman studio made short animations for children's television, featuring a clay-modelled character called Morph, before the Oscar-winning films of Nick Park (including Wallace and Gromit) propelled the company into the feature-film business. This celebration of the studio's creations is introduced by its founders, Peter Lord and David Sproxton, and features early sketches, character studies, concept art, sets, puppets and film stills of productions including Shaun the Sheep, Chicken Run and Flushed Away.
Horace Walpole's Cat
One day in 1747, Horace Walpole's cat Selima fell into a tub of goldfishes and drowned, inspiring Thomas Gray to write his much-loved Ode on the Death of a Favourite Cat. This delightful, handsomely produced book takes the poem as a starting point for an exploration of 18th century matters feline, drawing in Rousseau, Johnson and Christopher Smart. It features three sets of illustrations for the poem: engravings by Richard Bentley (1753), watercolours by Blake (1797) and previously unpublished drawings by Kathleen Hale (1944).
The Best of Both Worlds
Finely Printed Livres d'Artistes, 1910–2010
When classic writing, superb typography and great art meet, the result is a book of exceptional beauty and resonance. This catalogue of a Grolier Club exhibition in New York surveys a century of such volumes, and is itself a work of art. The books it presents feature woodcuts, copper engravings, lithographs and screen prints by artists of the calibre of Picasso, Matisse, Chagall and Warhol; while the writers whose texts they illuminate include Borges, Beckett and Hemingway.
The Art of the Jewish Marriage Contract
The custom of illuminating the traditional Jewish marriage contract, the ketubbah, developed over the past four centuries into a rich and varied folk art throughout Northern Europe, Italy and the Near East. Produced in conjunction with the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, this beautiful volume contains full-colour plates of 61 examples from its outstanding collection, and offers a vivid and fascinating account of the marriage customs and daily life of diverse Jewish communities.
Masterpieces of Art
Described by Joseph Simas as 'the Goblin Master', Arthur Rackham (1867-1939) was one of the leading artists of the golden age of illustration, first achieving popularity with his illustrations for Rip Van Winkle in 1905. Examples from that book are among the 90 pictures reproduced here, along with illustrations for works by Shakespeare, children's books, notably Peter Pan and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, adult fiction, Wagner's Ring cycle and sihouettes from Cinderella and The Sleeping Beauty.
The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art
Every year since 1994 the Spectrum Awards have been given for art on a fantasy, horror or science-fiction theme, with the best entries reproduced in a handsome art book. The 15th-anniversary annual presents more than 400 wildly diverse works – created for advertising, books, comics, exhibitions, magazines, video games or just the artist's satisfaction – and includes a review of the year plus a tribute to the winner of the Grand Master Award, comic artist Al Williamson (1931–2010).
The Art of The Trigan Empire
Launched in the weekly children's magazine Ranger in 1965 and concluding in the final issue of Look and Learn in 1982, the fondly remembered British adventure strip The Trigan Empire combined genuine history with fantasy, myth and science fiction, and featured lushly painted illustrations. This sale catalogue beautifully reproduces 110 pieces of art from the Look and Learn archive, concentrating on the pages created by Don Lawrence (1928–2003), the strip's first and longest-running artist, and Ron Embleton (1930–1988).
The Fine Art of Fashion Illustration
Drawing on his own archive, collected over a 60-year career in fashion design and teaching, Julian Robinson presents a survey of 400 years of fashion illustration as an art form, from Renaissance woodcuts to the Art Deco masterpieces of George Barbier. Reproducing over 300 artworks that ‘wordlessly carry within them so much information, both historical and cultural’, the book is an evocative history of fashion and the art of the fashion illustrator.
The Look of Love
Romantic Illustration Through the Ages
From the depiction of courtly love in illuminated medieval manuscripts and chaste courtship scenes in Victorian novels to Verlaine's Fêtes galantes, George Barbier's racy 1928 artwork and passionate pairs in 1930s pulp magazines, this British Library publication collects 100 images charting the depiction of love and romance in illustration from the Middle Ages to the mid 20th century in books, cartoons, paintings and periodicals.
The Charleston Bulletin Supplements
The Sussex farmhouse of Charleston was home to the painter Vanessa Bell and her family, and a regular haunt of their Bloomsbury Group friends. In 1923, her sons Quentin and Julian founded a family newspaper to record the comings and goings there. Who better, then, to write for it than their aunt Virginia? Charming, gossipy, irreverent and funny, her contributions are transcribed here for the first time, along with some 40 of Quentin's illustrations.
Chloe Preston and the Peek-a-Boos
Published in 1910, The Peek-a-Boos, the first book by Chloe Preston (1887–1969) reflected her own happy and affluent background and made the 'Peeks' a great popular success. As well as illustrating the series of Peeks adventures that followed, Preston brought her distinctive style to many other media and this richly illustrated study of her life and work looks at her illustration and design for postcards, dolls and toys, ornaments, ceramics, jigsaws and advertising.
Published quarterly, Illustrators covers all kinds of illustration, from war comics to glamour. Each issue comprises lavishly illustrated articles on four or five graphic artists, along with general articles, book reviews and readers' letters. In Issue 5, Peter Richardson talks with Mick Brownfield as he looks back over a long and illustrious career, and other essays cover equestrian specialist Derek Eyles, Brian Sanders and Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone.
Published quarterly, Illustrators covers all kinds of illustration, from war comics to glamour. Each issue comprises lavishly illustrated articles on four or five graphic artists, along with general articles, book reviews and readers' letters. Issue 6 features an essay on the great romantic illustrator Walter Wyles, and articles on Laurence Fish, the Fleet Street caricaturist Dave Gaskill, and the action-packed art of Graham Coton.
Drawn to Enchant: Original Children's Book Art
in the Betsy Beinecke Shirley Collection
Using reproductions of 250 original artworks from the Shirley Collection in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale, this book journeys through childhood reading from first alphabet books to adventure tales, and explores various types of children's illustration, including comics, historical pictures of America, Christmas time and 20th-century classics. The illustrations date from around 1780 to 2001 and include works by WW Denslow, Maurice Sendak, Beatrix Potter, Andrew Wyeth and Maxfield Parrish.