A Collection of Epigrams and Epitaphs Serious and Comic
Originally published in 1933, this little book of witty epigrams and epitaphs by the English writer and poet Martin Armstrong (1882–1974) is illustrated with wood-engravings by Eric Ravilious (1903–1942). The subjects of the verses are 54 professionals or types, ranging from a judge to a snuff-taker and a ‘boarding-house lift man’; and each one is accompanied by its own woodcut.
British Aviation Posters
Art, Design and Flight
British aviation posters in the early 20th century embraced contemporary art styles such as Modernism and Art Deco, employing leading graphic artists to create images of an exciting new world of air travel. Drawing on British Airways' poster collection, this volume traces advertising design for aviation, from Edwardian air shows, through Imperial Airways in the 1930s, to BEA and BOAC in the 1950s; with reproductions of over 150 examples by artists including Frank Newbould, John Piper and Ben Nicholson.
Ravilious & Co
The Pattern of Friendship
An ‘outbreak of talent’ was how Paul Nash described the group of students he taught at the Royal College of Art in 1924–5. Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden, Barnett Freedman and Enid Marx formed the core of a network of artists, friends and lovers influenced by Nash. This group biography explores their lives and relationships from the 1920s to Ravilious’s death in 1942 and, with reproductions of over 200 examples, it examines their painting, illustration and a variety of work in commercial design.
English Writers, Artists and the Imagination from Virginia Woolf to John Piper
Was it a betrayal of the modern movement to be in love, as John Piper was, with old churches? Harris finds the engagement of artists and writers with the English countryside during the interwar years ‘an expression of responsibility – towards places, people and histories too valuable and too vulnerable to go missing from art’. Among the now much-admired figures discussed are Paul Nash, Edward Bawden, Gertrude Hermes, John Betjeman and Daphne du Maurier, and the book features carefully chosen quotations and reproductions of their works.
One Lump or Two
Tea, Twinings and Edward Bawden
During the 1920s and 1930s, Edward Bawden was commissioned to produce advertising illustrations for Twinings tea and coffee; drawings that were to accompany limericks by AJA Symons, the well-known author, dandy and epicure. As well as reproducing Bawden's advertisements and other drawings for tea companies, this tall, thin volume contains an essay by Peyton Skipwith and A Short History of Tea, originally issued by the Empire Tea Market Expansion Board in 1936.
Festival of Britain 1951
Held on the centenary of the Great Exhibition of 1851, the Festival of Britain was a celebration of the end of post-war austerity and a showcase for British arts, science and trade for the future. This book examines the objects and printed ephemera produced to commemorate the Festival and includes work by major designers, including Abram Games’s Festival emblem and Lewitt-Him’s Guinness Clock in the Battersea Park Pleasure Gardens.
Edward Bawden and Eric Ravilious
Published in association with the Fry Art Gallery in Saffron Walden, this book originally accompanied an exhibition of the design work of Edward Bawden and Eric Ravilious. A short essay on the two artists introduces over 100 reproductions of their work in a great range of media, including wallpaper design, book jackets and illustration, posters and ceramics, for clients including Wedgwood, Kew Gardens and the Golden Cockerel Press.
One of the most highly regarded British painters of the 20th century, John Piper (1903–1992) also worked in a variety of media including book illustration, murals, textiles and stained glass. This volume provides a concise biographical essay on the artist as well as reproducing a wide selection of his work, notably the Brighton Aquatints published by the Curwen Press, wallpaper designs for Sanderson & Co, and his Festival of Britain South Bank murals.
In 1933, Stephen Tallents, who had been working on posters for the Empire Marketing Board, joined the General Post Office (GPO) to revitalize its public relations and advertising campaigns. He was to become a major patron of art and design, commissioning work by designers such as Edward McKnight Kauffer, Lewitt-Him and Frank Newbould. This volume describes the major personalities and themes of Tallents’s ambitious project.
Abram Games and London Transport
One of the greatest graphic designers of last century, Abram Games (1914–1988) was a Londoner and a dedicated user of public transport as well as the designer of many brilliant posters for London’s Underground and bus services – all informed by his personal philosophy of 'maximum meaning, minimum means'. This book offers a unique insight into Gates's working methods, reproducing rarely seen sketches and following the development of initial ideas through to the final design.
The Definitive Sourcebook
In the 1920s, a great diversity of styles, including Art Deco, reflected the new freedoms and optimism of the post-First World War generation of young women. With around 600 contemporary photographs and fashion illustrations, this volume is a valuable resource for fashion historians, designers and fashionistas. It begins with an essay placing the clothes of the 1920s in social and economic context, before covering everything from the iconic silk sack dress and cloche hat to bridal gowns.
400 Chinese Motifs
Over many centuries, the tradition of Chinese decorative arts developed a way of rendering the world that is as instantly recognizable as it is consistent and harmonious. Inspired by examples on ceramics, paintings, bronzes, jade carvings, sculptures and architectural features, this book provides designs of flowers, animals, birds and fish for use in craft projects. The accompanying CD contains all 400 motifs.
Shirley Craven and Hull Traders
Revolutionary Fabrics and Furniture 1957–1980
Under the direction of the designer Shirley Craven (b.1934), Hull Traders was one of the most innovative and influential textile studios of the 1960s; its bold, vivid patterns perfectly captured the exuberance and iconoclasm of the era. Published in conjunction with an exhibition at Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, this stylish book celebrates a remarkable creative partnership, and reproduces more than 125 vibrant fabrics by such celebrated artists as Eduardo Paolozzi (1924–2005), Ivon Hitchens (1893–1979) and Althea McNish (b.1933).
The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing
Leonard S Marcus, a distinguished historian of children's literature, presents a short biography of Randolph Caldecott (1846–1886), illustrated with a great collection of his work, including many previously unpublished drawings. From doodling in the margins of his schoolbooks to his tragically early death, the book traces the career of the 'man who invented the modern picture book' and whose dynamic visual storytelling was to influence later illustrators, notably Beatrix Potter and Maurice Sendak. Slightly off-mint.
Forty-Five Years of Scarfe Uncensored
Decade by decade, from Punch, Private Eye and Vietnam in the 1960s, to Bush and Blair going to war in the 2000s, Gerald Scarfe lets his no-holds-barred drawings tell the story of his career as one of the great political cartoonists and cultural commentators of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Originally published in 2005, this collected volume of his work includes set designs, animation and lithographs as well as the familiar pen-and-ink cartoons. Sexually explicit.
The Art of Things
Product Design Since 1945
New materials, new manufacturing techniques and a new consumer society drove rapid change in product design after the Second World War. The American dream home of the 1940s and 1950s led the way, with iconic designs in cars, furniture and everyday items emerging from Europe and Japan as prosperity grew. With over 700 illustrations, this book identifies key developments, exploring such milestones as Charles Eames' chairs, the Mini, the Sony Walkman and the iPhone. Slipcased.
Graphic Design in Context
In his foreword, Professor Meredith Davis writes ‘a change in how we teach typography is long overdue’: this book breaks new ground, approaching the ever-changing environment of contemporary typography through explanations of how and why typography works, or does not work, in a given context. Intended as a core text for typography courses, the book is very well illustrated and each chapter starts with a ‘primer’ by William Temple giving concise definitions of terms.
Paper Engineering for Designers
Pop-Up Skills and Techniques
Key techniques for making paper pop-ups for books and greetings cards are explained in this instructional guide (its inside cover reveals a surprisingly complex pop-up of its own). Each spread focuses on one particular mechanism, including the V-fold, pivot, pull-tab and wheel, and folds out to provide numerous ready-cut, pop-out shapes for constructing examples. Lists of basic equipment and further techniques, plus a glossary of terms, are included.
The Evolution of Type
A Graphic Guide to 100 Landmark Typefaces
Tony Seddon traces the development of type design and typographic style through a detailed survey of 100 important typefaces, from Nicholas Jenson’s early use of Roman letterforms in the mid 15th century to Selva, a blackletter typeface designed in 2012. For each design, Seddon describes its creator and its development, and provides examples of the typeface and a large, annotated illustration of a capital and a lower-case letter showing their distinctive typographical elements and innovations.
Global Street Style
The shiny skirts, bowler hats and plaits of Bolivian ‘Cholitas’ reveal them to be a cut above the peasant women, while the ‘born-free’ Smarteez of South Africa express their superiority through avant-garde individuality. Based around the images of an award-winning fashion photographer, this photographic extravaganza explores how, in seven distinct areas of the world, modern-day ‘tribes’ use style as a means to express themselves, often overcoming hardship or personal misfortune in the process.
Ambassador of Comics
In 1939, at the age of 17, Jerry Robinson was taken on by cartoonist Bob Kane to work on his new creation, Batman, and over the next few years helped create the superhero's sidekick, Robin, and his chief antagonist, the Joker. This illustrated biography charts the career of the influential artist from comic books, satirical cartoons and newspaper comic strips to his later work as a curator of comic book art and campaigner for artist's rights.
From Rustic to Urban, Classic to Colourful
Into the gap between the antique and the new, there is retro. Done well, the style works with architecture of every period. Drawing together stunning, rarely seen photographs from the exclusive Côté Maison magazines, this book explains how to achieve the perfect retro interior. It explores different interpretations of the look, from Rustic Reclamation to Structural Industrial, and how to combine the different elements – furniture, mirrors, lighting and textiles – in a striking and unusual yet sympathetic manner.
The Performance of Style
Most associated with the music of artists such as David Bowie, glam was an extravagant and subversive movement of the early 1970s that has received much attention recently for its influence on later music and fashion and for the wider social impact of its experiments with androgyny and artifice. This catalogue, published to accompany the exhibition at the Tate, Liverpool, presents a collection of illustrated essays exploring the music, fashion, art and politics of glam.
The Fashion of Subcultures
Social changes in the early 20th century increasingly encouraged young people to develop tastes that were different from those of their parents, and to spend money on indulging their interests. Usually aligning themselves with new movements in popular music, style tribes emerged with idiosyncratic attitudes and modes of dress. This survey of youth culture identifies over 30 styles from the flappers of the 1920s and the swing kids of the 1930s, to beatniks, hippies, goths and hipsters.
by Celia Birtwell
Textile designer Celia Birtwell (b.1941) was one of British fashion's most fêted figures in the 1960s and 1970s, as well as a muse for David Hockney whose painting Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy featured Birtwell and her then-husband Ossie Clark. Her colourful and vibrant designs for clothes and home fabrics, often featuring flowers, animals and birds, are lavishly illustrated in this scrapbook, alongside photos from her life and career, comments from friends and colleagues, and her own reminiscences and observations.
From punk rock in the 1970s to the Paris catwalks today, Vivienne Westwood’s career has spanned almost five decades and created a living legend – punk proprietor of Let it Rock, fashion designer, global brand, activist and grandmother, still wearing impossibly tall shoes in her seventies. Written in collaboration with the biographer Ian Kelly, this memoir tells the story of her extraordinary trajectory – from early memories of Second World War rationing (‘everybody was knitting’) to creating outfits for the Duchess of Cornwall.
On Art's Romance with Design
An Eames chair or a Mies van der Rohe building, although functional designs, transcend their purpose to occupy a space between design and art, a category designated in this study as 'design art'. Charting 20th-century design across a range of media including furniture, interiors and architecture, Alex Coles explores the multi-disciplinary work of artists such as Matisse and Sonia Delaunay and examines examples of decorative or craft design work that could be considered art.
The Complete 20th Century Sourcebook
Illustrating how men’s and women’s accessories evolved over the 20th century, this sourcebook contains over 2000 coloured artworks based on real examples. For each of seven periods, from 1900–1913 to 1986–1999, chapters begin and end with ‘the complete look’, and show the various types of accessory, including hats and footwear, jewellery, scarves, ties, gloves and bags. Detailed descriptions follow the illustrations and the book concludes with brief biographies of over 85 influential designers.
20th-Century Design for Contemporary LIving
More and more people are turning away from bland flatpack furniture in favour of 20th-century design classics that combine traditional craftsmanship with strikingly modern style. Lavishly illustrated in colour throughout, this collector’s guide charts the key movements, from art deco through mid-century modern and pop art to postmodernism, and explains how to select vintage pieces and integrate them stylishly into a modern home. The book includes a directory of designers and manufacturers, and a list of suppliers.
The Mechanical Smile
Modernism and the First Fashion Shows in France and America 1900–1929
In a richly illustrated study of the early fashion shows in France and America between the 1880s and 1929, Caroline Evans brings ‘economic and design history together in a new formation’ as she explores topics including fashion and modernism; the innovations of designers such as Worth, Lucile and Poiret; the body and the fashion mannequins (as models were known); the international garment and fashion trade; and commercial and cultural relations between America and France.
Glenn Bray began collecting comic-book illustrations in the 1960s at a time when the artists' originals were little regarded as works of art. The collection he has amassed covers over 50 years of American pop culture, reflecting his taste for underground, marginal or outsider art. This large-format book presents hundreds of challenging, amusing and sometimes bizarre cartoons, comic strips, illustrations and cover designs by artists ranging from the obscure to the world-famous.
The Essence of English Decoration
Arthur Sanderson set up as an importer of French wallpaper in London in 1860, but changing tastes and new technologies meant that he was soon producing his own designs and establishing a name that still stands for quality and taste in interior design today. This highly illustrated volume describes the development of the company and its products from the Arts and Crafts style of its early wallpapers to mid-20th-century, modernist-influenced designs and today's interpretations of classic patterns. Slightly off-mint.
Graphic Art of the Underground
From the automotive art of ‘Kustom Kulture’ in 1950s' and 1960s' California, through drug-fuelled psychedelic graphics and the cartoons and freak art of illustrators such as Robert Crumb in the underground press, to punk graphics and the ‘lowbrow’ art of West Coast USA, this history uses LP cover art, flyers and concert posters to follow the shifting visual aesthetic and the artistic personalities of the counter-culture up to contemporary indie crafts. Sexually explicit content.
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.
Aarrgghh!! It's War
Between the 1950s and 1970s the British comic digests War, Battle, Air Ace and War at Sea ran for a combined total of more than 4,500 issues, their humble black-and-white artwork on cheap newsprint concealed beneath painted covers bursting with colour and conflict, depicting soldiers, sailors and pilots fighting for their lives in the Second World War. This title reproduces over 500 of the digests' finest covers in the quality they deserve, and features commentary by veteran comic artist David Roach. Foreword by James May.
The Origins of Comics
From William Hogarth to Winsor McCay
In this classic work, Belgian comics writer and scholar Thierry Smolderen digs deep into the origins of the 20th-century comic strip. He establishes how the picture stories and illustrations of artists like William Hogarth, Rodolphe Töpffer and Gustave Doré laid the foundation of the form, which flourished with the evolution of visual culture caused by developments in printing technology, photography, audio recording and cinema. First published in 2000, the book is translated here by Bart Beaty and Nick Nguyen.
50 Stories About 50 Things
Spanning five millennia of artefacts, from chopsticks (c.3000 BCE) to Facebook, Grace Lees-Maffei presents 50 stories in five sections, each one arranged chronologically and including a great diversity of design. The first section covers objects in urban space ranging from the Eiffel Tower to Dubai's Palm Islands, but also includes mobility scooters and Concorde. The other themes are ideas and imagination on page and screen; objects in the workplace; domestic designs; and things we wear or carry with us.
Ancient to Present
Straight or curly, long or short, blonde or dark, hair is one way that women can change their appearance and express their personality. This history charts the changing styles from ancient Egypt to the present. Lavishly illustrated with more than 1,000 illustrations and photographs, it celebrates the elaborate arrangements of the Romans, the bejewelled coiffures of the Renaissance, the stylish bobs of the 1920s and the sophisticated cuts of today's leading stylists such as Anthony Mascolo, who provides the foreword.
The Cult of Nature in Italian Design
This is the catalogue of an American exhibition on the manifestation of the 'Liberty style' of the early 20th century in the decorative arts of Italy. The First International Exposition of Modern Decorative Art, held in Turin in 1902, was the starting point for the evolution of the style in the country, largely through the work of the furniture-maker and entrepreneur Agostino Lauro (1861–1924). His creations are among those illustrated here, alongside preparatory drawings, contemporary photographs and other items from the archives.
In the second half of the 20th century Hardy Amies (1909–2003) epitomized the finest of British couture, with his emphasis on a strong line achieved with high-quality materials and excellent tailoring. This comprehensive survey of his life and work, illustrated with photographs of his creations and his clients, and original drawings, reveals how Amies, although best-known as couturier to the Queen, designed clothes for generations of aristocratic and influential women.
Interiors, Design and Style from the 1960s
The 1960s ushered in an explosion of colour and style in the home. Lavishly illustrated with photographs from the archives of House & Garden magazine, this follow-up to the same author's Fifties House celebrates the design trends of the period, from mid-century Modernism to paisley prints and Indian bric-a-brac, and charts the influence of such designers as David Bailey, Terence Conran, Mary Quant and Biba's Barbara Hulanicki, who provides a foreword.
Twentieth Century Design
A Decade-by-Decade Exploration of Graphic Style
After a timeline summarizing a century of design, Tony Seddon's richly illustrated survey examines the movements in art, graphic design and typography, the major designers and 'the look' of each decade of the 20th century, from the Arts and Crafts Movement and Art Nouveau of the 1900s to the impact of digital media in the 1990s. Covering Europe and America, the book profiles 30 graphic designers or design studios and analyses one piece of representative artwork for each decade.
Keep Britain Tidy
And Other Posters from the Nanny State
'Don't ask a man to drink and drive', 'Coughs and sneezes spread diseases', 'Take your litter home'... Combining snappy slogans with eye-catching graphics, post-war British governments sought to influence the way we lived – all for our own good, of course. Accompanied by informative captions, more than 40 of these posters, produced between 1945 and 1975, are reproduced in this book in handy detachable format ready to pin up as nostalgic decoration. But remember – take care how you do it.
Masterpieces of Italian Design
With its strong engineering focus, highly skilled craft workshops, specialized and technologically sophisticated factories, and an intellectually engaged design press, Italy has provided the ideal conditions for the creation of functional, innovative and elegant designs. This volume presents 100 of the finest products, from Carlo Bugatti's Cobra chair in 1902 to the Ducati 1199 Panigale, at the cutting edge of motorbike design in 2011. Each design is described in detail alongside a full-page colour photograph.
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).