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.
Festival of Britain
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.
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.
Statuettes of the Art Deco Period
Art Deco statuettes produced in the 1930s first became sought-after collectors’ items in the 1970s. Here, art consultant Alberto Shayo shares his expertise, explaining influences on the design (Egyptology, music hall, the Olympic Games) and methods used to produce and sell the figurines. Colour plates of the statuettes are organized, with short biographies, according to artist – from Dominique Alonzo to Bruno Zach – and original catalogue pages reveal how some pieces were first presented for sale.
The Art Deco Jester King
While the work of Paris (1894-1945) fits the category of Art Deco, it has an idiosyncratic style that can be ghoulish and even grotesque in his depiction of clowns, jesters, devils and temptresses. In this volume, the story of the artist’s life is illustrated with photographs and his own sketches, while the plates that follow show the broad range of his work, from comical porcelain dogs to a woodcut self-portrait, bronze and ivory decorated lamps and statuettes.
The British Tradition
An essential guide for collectors of oak furniture, this new edition (first published in 1979) incorporates additional colour photographs and improved quality black-and-white originals. The text remains the same, featuring a short background history, practical contexts, detailed consideration of the changing language used to describe furniture, and style, from a 13th-century chest to a late-19th-century armchair. A pictorial index including all items illustrated in the main text assists readers with dating and identification of pieces.
Perhaps because of uncertainty over the future of electricity, the glass lamps for which Gallé is famous today only gained popularity shortly before his death in 1904. Few contemporary works survive, but his firm continued production until 1931 and in this comprehensive volume, the author examines the style that brought form and function together, looks at methods of production and provides a comprehensive catalogue of Gallé’s delicate, vibrant glasswork both before and after his death.
Master of Art Deco
Born in Romania, Demetre Chiparus studied in Paris and stayed on to experience the cultural explosion of the inter-war years. He became an iconic Art Deco sculptor, his delicate figurines – which depict elaborately dressed dancers, children and animals – enjoying great popularity. Charting his life and influences, and the materials and foundries he used, this updated volume, originally published in 1993, includes colour plates of his work, recently discovered pieces and updated information, alongside a selection of his paintings.
War Artists in Afghanistan
Beyond The Wire
Jules George travelled to Helmand as a war artist in 2010, in the wake of its bloodiest year for British troops. This book reproduces his sketches, watercolours and oil paintings, along with the work of four other artists who documented that conflict. Against the vast beauty of the Afghan landscape, they capture the experience of soldiers on patrol or caught in a firefight. Each artist’s work is accompanied by his or her first-hand account of war in Afghanistan.
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.
British Silver Boxes 1640–1840
The Lion Collection
The earliest of the decorative silver boxes in the Lion Collection, dating from the mid 17th century, were made to contain tobacco, but by the mid 18th century changing fashions meant that snuff was usually favoured. Often carrying coats of arms, inscriptions and exquisite decorative work, the 278 examples photographed and described in this book are arranged chronologically, demonstrating the history and development of British silver boxes up to the mid 19th century.
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.
Thomas Bush Hardy RBA, 1842–1897
A Master Painter of Marine and Coastal Watercolours
Thomas Bush Hardy was one of the most successful and prolific marine watercolourists of the 19th century, depicting the elements of sea and sky and the vessels that were then undergoing rapid change, with drama and subtlety. This handsome account of his life and career, illustrated with over 200 reproductions, provides a chronicle of his trips up and down the English coast, to the Dutch beaches and French Channel ports, and to his beloved Venetian lagoon.
Art Deco Ceramics in Britain
The bright, geometric forms of Art Deco ceramics make popular collectors' items, but while the works of Clarice Cliff and Susie Cooper fetch high prices, there are many less celebrated producers whose output will reward the enthusiast. This lavishly illustrated book traces the development of the style, and explores the designs and production methods of both established British factories such as Wedgwood and Minton and a host of smaller potteries.
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.
The Works and its People, 1770-1970
The Spode pottery in Stoke-on-Trent has been making fine earthenware and fine bone china for over 200 years and is the oldest working pottery still standing on its original site. Vega Wilkinson tells the story of the pottery, from its establishment by Josiah Spode I in 1770, through five generations of ownership by the Copeland family, to 1970, when the firm reverted to its original name. With more than 300 illustrations, the book describes the whole range of Spode/Copeland products, from everyday wares to royal commissions.
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).
An Earthly Paradise
The Suffolk town of Southwold is a nostalgic place of childhood memories and colourful beach huts. It has attracted artists and writers for centuries, and inspired William Morris to write his epic poem The Earthly Paradise. Illustrated with hundreds of paintings, this collection of essays, first published in 2006, takes the reader through the town's evolution from a medieval fishing community, prosperous enough to build a magnificent church, to its modern role as a popular yet unspoilt holiday destination. Revised edition.
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.
20th Century Pewter
Art Nouveau to Modernism
Pewter has long been a popular material for tableware as it is both malleable and lustrous and an inexpensive alternative to silver. This volume showcases pewter design in a golden age – from Art Nouveau to Modernism – ending around 1950. It highlights the important factories and workshops of Britain, Europe and America, as well as key companies such as Liberty & Co. Over 350 outstanding pieces are discussed and illustrated, celebrating the versatility of this remarkable material.
Nineteenth-Century European Painting
From Barbizon to Belle Époque
Influenced by waves of political, military and social change, 19th-century Europe saw a greater range of artistic subjects and styles than any era before it. In this magnificent volume, William Rau presents a comprehensive guide to this age of 'remarkable artistic dynamism and diversity', with lavishly illustrated chapters on movements ranging chronologically from the Barbizon School and Romanticism to Post-Impressionist painting; and on motifs including landscape, maritime, costume and Belle Époque painting. Slipcased.
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 concise, illustrated study from the Design series focuses on Rodchenko's graphic work for book jackets, posters and advertising.