Van Gogh's Inner Circle
Friends, Family, Models
Accompanying the first exhibition to focus on Vincent van Gogh’s family and friends, models with whom he had special relationships and the women he loved, this volume uses private correspondence, photographs and a great variety of paintings and drawings by Van Gogh himself and by friends such as Paul Signac, Émile Bernard and Paul Gauguin, to reveal a less familiar aspect of the artist’s personality through his many close and enduring friendships.
A Life Under Threat
The French photographer Michel Rawicki first became entranced by the Arctic as a teenager, returning there often over 25 years. Taken across Canada, Alaska, Greenland and Svalbard, these 200 images capture polar bears hunting, swimming and caring for their young, highlighting how climate change is affecting the species.
The Compendium of Chester Gold and Silver Marks 1570 to 1962
From the Chester Assay Office Registers
Covering almost 400 years, this comprehensive guide records both the registered and unregistered marks of goldsmiths from across Chester, as well as those of the Chester Assay Office. Tables of official date marks and notes on duty, gold and import marks are followed by a directory of almost 10,000 makers’ marks, including those of jewellers, opticians, tobacconists and artists, illustrated with black and white photographs and accompanied by their private and business addresses.
The History of Costume Jewellery to Modern Times
Deanna Farneti Cera presents a highly illustrated analysis of the evolution of costume jewellery, from the cultivated pearl and glass pieces beloved of the Edwardians, via movements including Italian Liberty and Art Deco, to the innovative styles of the 1980s typified by the cotton reel necklace designed by Karl Lagerfeld for Chloé. Additional chapters cover manufacturing, materials and influential designers, including Chanel and Schiaparelli, both of whom embraced the concept of 'fabulous fakes'.
White Salt-Glazed Stoneware of the British Isles
Covering for the first time production across the whole of Britain, this illustrated volume discusses the demand for white salt-glazed stoneware in the 17th and 18th centuries and outlines the industry, from raw materials to production and decoration, markets in Europe and America, and collecting. A final chapter takes a closer look at archaeological finds attributed to thirteen potters, including Josiah Wedgwood’s older brother, Thomas.
Godden's Guide to Ironstone, Stone and Granite Wares
Introduced to emulate and rival the huge volume of Oriental porcelain that was being imported, British ironstone developed into a successful industry in the early 19th century, with worldwide markets and a reputation for durability. This volume, with black and white images throughout and 48 colour reproductions, traces the history of its production before presenting notes on the working period and marks of 350 manufacturers, including Wedgwood, Mason and Spode.
Ten Drinks That Changed the World
There are ten spirits, including vodka, gin, cognac, whisky, tequila, and the Chinese staple baijiu, whose potency has made them the basis for mixed drinks the world over. Bartender Seki Lynch describes their ingredients and manufacture, explores the rituals surrounding their consumption, and offers cocktail recipes based on them – all with a dash of history, humour and anecdote.
Made in Shanghai
ECNU Humanity Design Series
This introduction to consumer goods, packaging and posters created in China follows the country’s design industry over the last century. An opening essay explores the role of product development in driving manufacturing and the economy, before a closer look at over 80 items including clocks, glassware and kitchen appliances reveals the changing needs of the population, as well as tastes and trends.
Iggy and the Stooges
One Night at the Whisky, 1970
Ed Caraeff was commissioned to photograph The Stooges in 1970 and this volume collects his classic images of Iggy Pop and his band performing a showcase at the Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles, alongside essays about the band, the venue and the photographer.
Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution
This design history celebrates the influential Chelsea Set who challenged the conformity of post-war Britain and encouraged people to embrace a more colourful and easy-going attitude to how they dressed and furnished their homes in the 1960s and early 1970s. The highly illustrated book presents examples of notable Quant fashions and Conran interiors as well as related ephemera characterizing the times.
Written with the collaboration of Zandra Rhodes and with access to her own archive of fabrics and designs, this volume focuses on the early work of one of the most distinctive British designers, famous for her brilliantly coloured, hand-printed fabrics and revolutionary approach to clothes. Here, a detailed, illustrated study of Rhodes’ early career is accompanied by 140 reproductions of early work, including Royal College of Art experiments as well as textile designs, 1961 to 1971. Textile Design series.
Wordsworth's Gardens and Flowers
The Spirit of Paradise
Wordsworth was as passionate about his gardens at Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount as he was about the untamed world that surrounded them. With contemporary horticultural illustrations throughout, this book traces his interest in the natural world to his childhood fondness for gardening, before examining the references to flowers in his verse.
The modern timepieces in this illustrated tour of 60 finely crafted, creative and original watches include the 15.48 Driver Watch, the Andreas Strehler Time Shadow and two bespoke designs from the author, founder of Paolo Mathai Horology. They were made by remarkable watchmakers from Aaron Becsei, a third-generation Budapest watchmaker, to Remi Maillat, who left Cartier to create his own brand.
Street Jewellery Styles and Styling Tips
Describing jewellery as 'the ultimate means of self-expression', the stylist Liza Urla started her popular Gemologue blog in 2009, and since then has worked with brands including Chanel, Bulgari and Fabergé. This collection of photographs, interspersed with styling suggestions, chronicles her journey around the world in search of inspirational pieces of jewellery from private collections, boutiques and trade shows.
When Ziggy Played the Marquee
David Bowie's Last Performance as Ziggy Stardust
Most Bowie fans will be familiar with his ‘final’ Hammersmith Odeon performance in the Ziggy persona, which was filmed by DA Pennebaker. However his last portrayal of the role came a few months later in a Marquee show filmed for US television. Terry O’Neill, well known for photographing the glamorous and the good, captured the front and backstage action: his photos are accompanied here by reminiscences from fans who were there.
Through Her Lens
The Stories Behind the Photography of Eva Sereny
Eva Sereny's career took off in 1970 when she was hired as a 'Special Photographer' on the set of Catch-22, breaking the glass ceiling in what was then a male-dominated industry. She progressed to working behind the scenes on many of the films that shaped late 20th-century American and European cinema and captured some of the greatest stars of the age, including Audrey Hepburn, Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor. This retrospective presents more than 100 rare images, interspersed with her memories and anecdotes.
Impressionists in their Gardens
Monet at Giverny, Renoir at Les Collettes, the American Impressionist Childe Hassam in Celia Thaxter’s garden at Appledore, and, contemporary with the Impressionists, Gertrude Jekyll’s creation of Munstead Wood; these are among the artists and the inspirational gardens described and illustrated – by both paintings and photographs – in this unusual study.
And Other Electric Ladies
In February 1969 Rolling Stone magazine published a special issue dedicated to ‘the Groupies and other girls’, revealing a world of liberation and self-expression among women who had attached themselves to the music scene. Reprinting the classic articles and images from that issue, this photographic portfolio features chief photographer Baron Wolman’s celebrated portraits, with additional and previously unpublished out-takes and contact sheets as well as recent interviews with several of the women.
Encyclopedia of Russian Stage Design, 1880–1930
The Catalogue Raisonné of the Collection of Nina and Nikita D. Lobanov-Rostovsky
Russian Stage Design 1880–1930 is a two-volume work based on the collection, now in the Glinka Museum, St Petersburg, of Nina and Nikita Lobanov-Rostovsky. This is Volume II: a catalogue raisonné documenting each work in the collection, with details of attribution, date and stage production. The 1,196 entries include sketches and design drawings of stage sets and costumes, and portraits of the artists and designers.
From Chelsea Physic Garden
The Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society was founded in 1995 to record the flora of this historic botanic garden. It has since generated an extensive archive of meticulously executed artworks and this volume reproduces over 70 watercolours by the finest contemporary illustrators. Ranging from ferns and flowers to woodland trees, each full-page illustration is accompanied by notes about the plant and its use in traditional and modern medicine.
Shoes for Stars
From a stall on London's Waterloo Road, H&M Rayne evolved over the course of a century into a world-famous luxury shoe brand known for its collaboration with designers including Mary Quant and Bruce Oldfield. Sumptuously illustrated with photographs and contemporaneous print advertisements, this volume charts the company's history and its famous clientele, and explores the influence of the social and artistic milestones of the 20th century on footwear design.
Fashion by Chance 1960–1974
A Visual Autobiography
During the 1960s and 1970s the fashion designer Cleonice Capece played a pivotal role in the success of the 'Made in Italy' mark, creating collections that were sold all over the world in iconic stores including Harrods and Saks New York. This account of her life in the industry is illustrated with fashion shoot photographs, press clippings, sketches, and previously unpublished ephemera from her personal archive.
The Carpets of Afghanistan
Traditionally nomadic, the sheep-herding peoples of Afghanistan have an ancient tradition of making carpets, the design patterns of which typically follow tribal and even family traditions. This introduction to the Afghan carpet industry describes how they are made and sold, identifies the regional differences in style and manufacture and explains the origins and meanings of various decorative motifs by reference to over 150 representative examples.
The Masters of Art Horology
Celebrating the work of thirteen independent watchmakers, this catalogue is based on a 2018 exhibition that travelled to Rome, New York, Hong Kong and London. Detailed photographs and sketches of the timepieces they have created and the miniature mechanics that power them are accompanied by portraits of the makers in their workshops, biographical information and descriptions of their traditional working methods.
Masterpieces of Russian Stage Design
1880–1930, Volume 1
Russian Stage Design 1880–1930 is a two-volume work based on the collection of Nina and Nikita Lobanov-Rostrovsky now in the Glinka Museum, St Petersburg. Volume II is the catalogue raisonné; this first volume introduces the history, theatre companies and productions of the Russian stage as a whole, questioning the assumed dominance of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes artists. The ‘masterpieces’ are presented in 242 full-page reproductions of designs by artists including Léon Bakst, Sonia Delaunay, Natalia Goncharova and El Lissitzky.
1799–1865, Gardener-Botanist and Pioneer Orchidologist
John Lindley is remembered primarily for his pioneering work on orchids, but he was also a scientist, author and journalist. He was instrumental in saving Kew Gardens from closure and sat on a government commission into the Irish Potato Famine. This commemorative volume includes a survey of his life and career, followed by essays on aspects of his botanical work, accounts of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Lindley Library and Lindley Medal, and colour plates that illustrate his skill as a botanical artist.
Christopher Dresser Textiles
A contemporary of William Morris and an influential member of the Aesthetic Movement, Christopher Dresser (1834–1904) took full advantage of the innovations offered by the new industrial world of the nineteenth century, and by 1870 had established the most prominent independent design practice in Britain. This highly illustrated monograph charts his life in textiles and assesses his sizeable contribution to the decorative arts tradition.
Fashion, Beauty and Portraits
The photographer Clive Arrowsmith is renowned both for his work for publications including Vogue and Vanity Fair and his images of celebrities. This visual celebration of his career features a broad selection of his iconic portraits of famous figures including LS Lowry, David Bowie, Carrie Fisher and the members of Monty Python, as well as highlights from his magazine portfolio and stills from his two successive Pirelli calendar shoots.
Festival of Britain
The 1951 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 features work by major designers, including the many variants of Abram Games’s Festival emblem.The Design series presents introductions to some of the great names in British book design, illustration and typography. Each book is exceptionally well illustrated, with fine reproductions accompanied by a concise and informative essay on a designer’s career or a significant moment in the history of 20th-century design.
Early Carpets and Tapestries on the Eastern Silk Road
A mysterious group of textiles, preserved for centuries in Kyoto, is brought out only for an annual Shinto-Buddhist festival. This richly illustrated guide explains the tapestries’ meaning, their Chinese origins and the reasons why they are shrouded in such secrecy.
Sex, Sense and Nonsense
Felicity Green on the '60s Fashion Scene
Felicity Green was fashion editor of the Daily Mirror throughout the 1960s and, as well as blazing a trail for women in journalism, revolutionized newspaper coverage of fashion through the introduction of celebrity and glamour. Reproducing some of the best pages from the newspaper, featuring leading models, designers and celebrities of the day, she reflects on the rapidly changing scene of the 1960s, when sexy and playful fashions scandalized, entertained and excited the nation.
Raymond Cauchetier's New Wave
Enlisted as stills photographer to work on Jean-Luc Godard's first film, Raymond Cauchetier employed a spontaneous style that perfectly matched the sensibilities of the French New Wave directors, and he collaborated on the iconic films of the movement over the next ten years. Including images of directors Godard and Truffaut, and actors Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg and Jeanne Moreau, this collection features portraits, production stills and off-camera reportage from films including Jules et Jim and À bout de souffle. Foreword by Philippe Garner.
Japanned Papier Mâché and Tinware
Japanese lacquer-work was in high demand in 17th-century England, but following difficulties sourcing wares from Japan, English craftsmen began imitating the style, creating a ‘japanning’ industry, which thrived in the 18th and 19th centuries. This is the most comprehensive guide available on the subject; it includes many photographic examples of japanning, detailing its origins, techniques used and life for workers in the industry, with specific chapters on craftsmen in Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Bilston.
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.
Dress of the Year
The Fashion Museum, Bath, takes donation of one new outfit from a contemporary designer each year. The pieces are chosen by fashion writers and intended to reflect the mood of the time – they are often prophetic of future trends. Beginning in 1963 with a Mary Quant dress, and finishing in 2012 with an appliqué evening dress by Christian Dior, this publication includes a photograph and description for each garment in the collection. Incorrectly placed text on page 126 corrected with erratum slip.
Designer British Silver
From Studios Established 1930–1985
Following George V’s request for modern Ascot trophies, the government began encouraging British design in the 1930s, their plans coming to fruition post-war. This compendium features photographic samples from and biographies of the 50 most influential modern British designer silversmiths, based on one-to-one interviews and family records. Shorter entries are included for a further 170 designer silversmiths, enamellers and engravers, providing a unique, comprehensive record of their craft through to the present day. Slipcased.
Tom Smith's Magical Invention
For over 150 years, Christmas crackers have been part of our Christmas festivities, but who created this wonderful fandangle? Little is known about Tom Smith, the accepted inventor of the cracker, but Peter Kimpton draws on a wealth of archive material to tell the story of Mr Smith and his amazing invention. Among the many aspects of cracker history revealed are box designs, how the love motto was ousted by the corny joke, pyrotechnic crackers, and crackers in wartime.
Joseph Kishere and the Mortlake Potteries
The innovative Mortlake potters introduced new shapes and motifs, in particular the sprigged hunting jug, with its contrasting dark brown and buff body, which remained highly popular throughout the 19th century. This illustrated study focuses on the working life of Joseph Kishere, from his apprenticeship at Sanders' Mortlake pottery to the foundation of his own potworks in 1797. As the story unfolds, it traces the history of both enterprises, their owners, their families and the Thames-side village in which they lived.
Edward Bawden in the Middle East
Edward Bawden made two tours of duty in the Middle East during the Second World War as one of the British Army's first Official War Artists. It was a significant developmental period for Bawden, who was already an established printmaker and designer - the Middle Eastern watercolours transformed his standing among his contemporaries. Along with high-quality reproductions of these works, Nigel Weaver and Robin O'Neill provide commentaries on Bawden and on the political and military contexts in which he was working.
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.
Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation
During the golden age of Hollywood the style and elegance of the studios' most famous stars were enhanced by the regular appearance of well-groomed dogs in their promotional photographs. The images collected here feature more than 130 actors posing alongside their canine friends, from the greats of the silent era, such as Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Mary Pickford, to Joan Collins and Lee Marvin in the 1960s, while Elvis Presley meets a real-life Hound Dog.
Treen for the Table
Wooden Objects Relating to Eating and Drinking
Until silver, pewter and ceramics were introduced in the late 17th century, wooden treen was used across all social classes and the examples discussed in this celebration include those from village turners as well as high-quality pieces by master craftsmen. Each chapter focuses on a particular object, such as large goblets, roundels or nutcrackers, and offers a brief history of their design and use, and numerous illustrations of different types.
Alexander Rodchenko (1891–1953) was a central figure in the Russian Constructivist art movement: a radical activist, a pioneer of photomontage and a theorist, re-examining the place of art in the post-Revolution, classless society. This volume focuses on his graphic work for book jackets, posters and advertisements. The Design series presents introductions to some of the great names in British book design, illustration and typography. Each book is exceptionally well illustrated, with fine reproductions accompanied by a concise and informative essay on a designer’s career or a significant moment in the history of 20th-century design.
FHK Henrion was one of a distinguished group of graphic designers – refugees from Europe during the 1930s – who brought cutting edge design to England. As well as poster and exhibition designs, this book covers his work in corporate identity, creating iconic logos for companies such as Tate and Lyle, Blue Circle Cement and the National Theatre. The Design series presents introductions to some of the great names in British book design, illustration and typography. Each book is exceptionally well illustrated, with fine reproductions accompanied by a concise and informative essay on a designer’s career or a significant moment in the history of 20th-century design.
E McKnight Kauffer
The American-born Edward McKnight Kauffer (1890–1954) was one of the outstanding graphic artists of his generation. Arriving in England, via Germany and France, in 1913, he chanced to meet Frank Pick, publicity manager for the London Underground, and began producing the posters for which he is now famous. The Design series presents introductions to some of the great names in British book design, illustration and typography. Each book is exceptionally well illustrated, with fine reproductions accompanied by a concise and informative essay on a designer’s career or a significant moment in the history of 20th-century design.
Harold Curwen and Oliver Simon
Harold Curwen and Oliver Simon jointly ran the Curwen Press during its heyday, commissioning illustration and jacket design from outstanding artists such as Edward Bawden, Eric Ravilious, Paul Nash and Edward Ardizzone. This volume looks at the whole range of books and printed ephemera it produced between 1915 and the late 1930s. The Design series presents introductions to some of the great names in British book design, illustration and typography. Each book is exceptionally well illustrated, with fine reproductions accompanied by a concise and informative essay on a designer’s career or a significant moment in the history of 20th-century design.
Best known for his cutlery and silverwares, David Mellor (1930–2009) referred to himself as an 'instinctive modernist' and his designs – particularly public commissions such as Abacus bus shelters, street lighting and litter bins – helped modernize the post-war British landscape. The Design series presents introductions to some of the great names in British book design, illustration and typography. Each book is exceptionally well illustrated, with fine reproductions accompanied by a concise and informative essay on a designer’s career or a significant moment in the history of 20th-century design.
Claud Lovat Fraser
Although known today mainly for his poster, costume and the stage sets for Nigel Playfair's 1920 production of The Beggar's Opera, Claud Lovat Fraser worked in a great variety of media including watercolours, caricature, fabric design, book illustration and the design of pattern-papers, particularly for the Curwen Press and Poetry Bookshop. The Design series presents introductions to some of the great names in British book design, illustration and typography. Each book is exceptionally well illustrated, with fine reproductions accompanied by a concise and informative essay on a designer’s career or a significant moment in the history of 20th-century design.