Pens Ink & Places
Starting with his drawings for Beatrix Potter’s previously unpublished Tale of Kitty-in-Boots, Quentin Blake narrates his life as an illustrator through the projects he has worked on since 2012. The book reveals the remarkable variety of Blake’s work, with examples that range in scale from book illustrations for The Fables of La Fontaine to wall-sized drawings for the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings, and across subjects from Claridge's Hotel (for a champagne advertisement) to the post-apocalyptic landscapes of Riddley Walker.
Masterpieces of Art
Julia Biggs provides a very accessible introduction to Raphael (1483–1520), the ‘Renaissance poster boy’ renowned for his good looks, love affairs and friends in high places as well as his paintings. Following her illustrated essay, reproductions of over 70 works by Raphael are arranged in four sections: the celebrated depictions of the Madonna; portraits; paintings on Christian and classical themes; and the frescos, with details from epic works such as The School of Athens.
The Art of Winnie-the-Pooh
How E.H. 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 This illustrated volume reveals the depth of that partnership, and incorporates many of Shepard’s previously unpublished sketches, letters, photos and even a personal Christmas card.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.
A Pioneer of American Abstraction
Esphyr Slobodkina (1908–2002) emigrated to New York in 1928. In the 1930s and 1940s, she helped to translate European modernist art into an American idiom, and continued painting and illustrating into her nineties. Published to accompany a centennial exhibition, this volume comprises six illustrated essays along with reproductions of over 90 works.
Illustrating the Past
Artists' Interpretations of Ancient Places
Once an archaeological dig has been completed, artists’ imaginative reconstructions play an important role in the process of developing a coherent picture of the site and communicating this interpretation to experts, students and the general public. Through an exploration of seven illustrators’ approaches to the task, including analysis of their working sketches, Dobie reveals the extent to which such artistic visualizations can complement scientific data and encourage new and vivid ways of seeing and understanding the world of our ancestors.
Wall Calendar 2020
Scenes from Peter Pan, Aesop’s Fables and The Wind in the Willows are among these illustrations by the great Arthur Rackham (1867–1939). Envelope not included. Please note: the May bank holiday has been moved since 2020 calendars were printed; each calendar contains an addendum slip with information on the new holiday.
Pictures and Readers in Early Modern Rome
The Life and Miracles of St Benedict, the seven books published by Camillo Agrippa between 1553 and 1598, Pietro Paolo Magni’s Manual for Barber-Surgeons and Magino Gabrielli’s Dialogues on Silk: the illustrations, authors and varied subject matter of these 16th-century Italian books are discussed in detail in this study of ‘treatises that engaged their readers through the purposeful use of printed pictures’.
A Life in Pictures
From his ‘lucky, lucky childhood’ growing up in a sweetshop, to experiencing ‘another burst of wonder’ as a grandfather, Michael Foreman tells the story of his life, with pictures from the books he has illustrated. Tracing his career through those story books, Foreman describes his collaborations with writers, especially Michael Morpurgo, who has written the foreword for this charmed ‘life in pictures’.
A Celebration of Beatrix Potter
Art and Letters by More Than 30 of Today's Favorite Children's Book Illustrators
Compiled for Frederick Warne & Co, Beatrix Potter’s original publishers, to celebrate her 150th anniversary, this book brings together contributions from 32 of today’s favourite children’s author-illustrators and excerpts from nine of Potter’s best-loved tales. Along with their new illustrations inspired by the stories of characters such as Peter Rabbit, Jeremy Fisher and Squirrel Nutkin, the current generation of children’s writers share their thoughts on Beatrix Potter’s art and her influence on their work.
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, AA Milne and EH 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.
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.
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 Fine Art of Fashion Illustration
'Even a cursory inspection of a fashion print can bring to life a particular period in ways no amount of text can manage,' writes Julian Robinson in his introduction to this sumptuous survey celebrating fashion illustration as an art form of allure and beauty, which spans from the Renaissance to the 1940s. Its pages are packed with more than 300 images from books, journals and magazines that are as visually appealing and challenging as they are socially significant.
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.
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.