Constable and Brighton
Something Out Of Nothing
Constable is best known for rural landscapes, but a stay in Brighton from 1824 to 1828 revealed other aspects of his talent. This catalogue of an exhibition at the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery reproduces more than 120 oils and watercolours – seascapes, beaches thronged with the ‘offscouring of London’, and windmills on the Downs – while essays explore his routine and working methods at the resort.
Magdalen College Oxford
A Brief History and Guide
With illustrations ranging from a reproduction of the Foundation Deed to a photograph of deer rutting in Magdalen’s Grove, Christine Ferdinand presents an academic, architectural and personal history of the College, from its founding by William Waynflete in 1458 to the 21st century and the opening of the new Longwall Library.
Ancient Trees of the National Trust
After an introduction explaining the process of ageing in trees and their biological and environmental importance, the National Trust’s Ancient Tree Adviser Brian Muelaner and photographer Edward Parker survey the ancient trees in 40 National Trust properties, arranged alphabetically from Ankerwycke in Surrey, where the Magna Carta may have been signed under the great Ankerwycke Yew, to Sir Isaac Newton’s Apple Tree at Woolsthorpe Manor, Lincolnshire.
Treasures From The Library of Corpus Christi College, Oxford
Celebrating Corpus Christi’s 500th anniversary, this slim volume offers a glimpse of its Library’s rarely seen collection, presenting a selection of 26 manuscripts and printed books, from a 1499 frontispiece depicting the college founder, Richard Fox, to a letter from Isaac Newton to John Flamstead dated 1681.
The Great War, Experimentation, and Change
Focused on the period 1912 to 1925, this catalogue and the exhibition it accompanied explore the diversity of work developed by Picasso against a backdrop of war and change. Essays discussing his shift from Cubism to Neoclassicism, his friendship with Cocteau, and the Parisian art world during the First World War, accompany reproductions of works by Picasso and his contemporaries, his designs for the ballet Parade (1917), and Cocteau’s snapshots of Picasso and friends in Paris, 1916.
How it Shaped Our World
In this companion guide to the Science Museum’s Winton Gallery, curator David Rooney considers the everyday practical applications of mathematics, both past and present, including mathematics in design, economics, geography, medicine, travel and war. This generously illustrated volume features many of the objects and diagrams from the gallery’s collection, among them Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine and Le Corbusier’s Le Modulor infographic, while four essays by prominent academics include two on women’s place in the history of mathematics.
Paintings and Drawings from The Venice Studio
This retrospective of expatriate British artist Geoffrey Humphries celebrates both the artist’s work and his home city of Venice. At once elegant, decadent and theatrical, Humphries’ paintings, including his many sensitive portraits of women and erotic depictions of the female form, exude the Venetian spirit, drawing inspiration from the city’s art history and Gothic architecture. Three introductory essays and an interview with the artist are included in this lavishly illustrated volume.
The Chapel of St John the Baptist in the Church of São Roque
The Commission, The Building, The Collections
Commissioned by King John V of Portugal, the Chapel of St John the Baptist was built in Rome in 1747 before being dismantled and shipped to Lisbon, where it was reassembled in the church of São Roque. This comprehensive survey incorporates new research into the extraordinary circumstances of its design and construction, while its generous selection of colour photographs showcases the chapel’s architecture, statuary, metalwork and mosaics, alongside its rich collections of silverware, fabrics and antiquarian books.
The Immortal Stone
Chinese Jades from the Neolithic Period to the Twentieth Century
Drawing on the magnificent collection of over 200 Chinese jades and other hardstones in The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, this volume traces the history of jade carving in China and discusses topics such as geological sources and the social significance of jade. Lin provides photographs and detailed commentaries for 105 objects ranging from humanoid figures dated c.3500–2500 BCE to 18th-century carved vessels and sculptures. The remainder of the museum’s collection is illustrated and briefly described in an appendix.
Chinese Ivory Carvings
The Sir Victor Sassoon Collection
Heir to a banking fortune, Victor Sassoon (1881–1961) assembled one of the world’s most important collections of Chinese ivory carving from his base in Shanghai. This magnificent volume presents 350 artefacts from his collection, now held in trust for the citizens of the UK. Introductory essays explore the acquisition of these exquisite ornaments, figurines, screens and sewing boxes, which range from the 2nd millennium BCE to the 20th century, and place them in their historical and cultural context.
Although associated more with the city and popular culture than the countryside and the natural world, Andy Warhol did engage with nature in his art. This catalogue of an exhibition at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in 2015, with essays and reproductions of Warhol cats, dogs, flowers, the Sea Turtle and the Endangered Species and Camouflage series, offers a surprising new perspective on Warhol’s art.
From the 13th to the 18th Century
This truly magnificent, large format volume traces the progress of the fresco from visual stories linked to popular religious belief in the mid-13th century to the increasingly lavish mythological and courtly scenes of the 17th and 18th centuries. More than 550 pages of colour reproductions present some of the world's most treasured works of art, among them, Piero della Francesca's Resurrection, Leonardo's Last Supper and many details of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel. Introductory text in English, German, French and Dutch.
The Art of Princely Courts in Fifteenth-Century China
Beginning with the reign of the Yongle emperor (1403–1424), this richly illustrated catalogue presents over 120 artefacts once owned by princes of the Ming dynasty during the period up to the death of the Jiajing emperor in 1566. Indicative of the fabulous wealth of the Ming rulers, the pieces described and photographed include gold and silver vessels, jewellery and jade, paintings, porcelain and clothing. The volume also contains essays on aspects of Ming art history and recent archaeological finds.
Waterloo to Wellington
From Iron Duke to Enlightened College
As a wartime commander and peacetime politician, the Duke of Wellington towered over British life throughout the first half of the 19th century. In 1856, four years after his death, Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone of Wellington College, a school in Berkshire for servicemen's sons. Handsomely illustrated with colour photographs and period images, this book charts the Duke's career, and reflects on how his character and intellect have shaped to this day the school named in his honour.
Six Networks that Changed Our World
The first transatlantic telegraph cable failed after a few weeks in 1858 but a successful link was established by 1866, transforming the speed of contact and commerce between Britain and America. With well-chosen illustrations and contributions from commentators including David Attenborough, this Science Museum book explores the innovations in information processing and communications that have revolutionized the world, including broadcasting, the telephone, satellites, cellular phones and the internet, thanks to such pioneers as Babbage, Bell, Berners-Lee, Marconi, Morse and Turing.
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.
From the 13th to 18th Century
This survey of fresco painting begins with the transition from Byantine to Gothic style and has fine examples of the works by Giotto that had a profound influence across Italy. It presents reproductions and details of frescos by artists such as Aretino, Martini and the Lorenzetti brothers before following the development of fresco painting through the Renaissance masters and up to Tiepolo in the 18th century. Text in English, German, Dutch and French.