Friday, 5 September 2014

The Berger Prize 2014

William MB Berger Prize for British Art History 2014
Books published 2013


William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain
Susan Weber, ed.
Yale University Press for The Bard Graduate Center, New York
hb £60 pp 656, 624 col

The Arts and Crafts Movement in Scotland: A History
Annette Carruthers
Yale University Press for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
hb £60 pp 424, 250bw, 100 col

Houghton Revisited. The Walpole Masterpieces from Catherine the Great’s Hermitage
Thierry Morel, Andrew Moore, et al.
Royal Academy Publications
9781907533730 (Houghton pb) 9781907533518 (RA pb) 
9781907533501 (RA hb), hb £40 pp272, col

Imperial Gothic. Religious Architecture and High Anglican Culture in The British Empire 1840–1870
G A Bremner
Yale University Press for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
hb £50 pp384, 230 bw 60 col

The City and The King. Architecture and Politics in Restoration London
Christine Stevenson
Yale University Press for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
hb £45 pp 304, 115 bw 23 col

Ham House. 400 Years of Collecting and Patronage
Christopher Rowell, ed
The National Trust
hb £75 pp 536, 36 bw 398 col


The Reception of Titian in Britain
Peter Humfrey
9782503536750, pb €70, pp255, 150 bw, 16 col

Edwardian Opulence – British Art at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century
Angus Trumble and Andrea Wolk Rager
Yale University Press/Yale Center for British Art
9780300190250, hb £50, pp420, 30 bw, 350 col

From There to Here: The Art of Michael Buhler
Mary Rose Beaumont, Jane England, John Mack
Agra Publications/Lund Humphries (Ashgate Publishing)
9781848221413 hb £35, pp180, 3bw, 152 col

Roman Fever 1700–1870: Influence, Infection and the Image of Rome
Richard Wrigley
Yale University Press 
9780300190212 hb £45, pp330, 65 bw, 50 col

Elizabeth and her People
Tarnya Cooper with Jane Eade
National Portrait Gallery
978 185514 4651, hb £30, pp 224, 100 col

West Country to Worlds End, The South West in the Tudor Age
Sam Smiles
Paul Holberton Publishing
9781907372520, pb £20, pp120, 50 col

The Lost Carving: A Journey to the Heart of Making
David Esterly
Duckworth Overlook
9780715645475 hb £16.99, pp288, ill

James Dickson Innes (1887–1914)
John Hoole and Margaret Simons
Lund Humphries
9781848221390 hb £45 (£40.50 web), pp184 2 bw, 166 col

The Painted Closet of Lady Anne Bacon Drury
H L Meakin
Ashgate Publishing Ltd
9780754693973 hb £75, pp410,  31bw, 64col

Stanley Spencer. Heaven in a Hell of War
Amanda Bradley & Howard Watson eds
Pallant House Gallery 
in association with The National Trust
9781869827137 pb £19.95, pp112, 10 bw, 81 col

British Murals and Decorative Painting 1920–1960 
Alan Powers, et al.
Sansom & Co
978-1908326232 hb £40, 352pp, 120/130 col

Art and The Second World War
Monica Bohm-Duchen
Ashgate Publishing (Lund Humphries)
9781848220331 hb £40 (£36 web ), pp288, 30bw, 185col

Two Temple Place
Barbara Bryant
Bulldog Trust
9780957062825 hb £15, pp 96, col

Magnificent Entertainments: Temporary Architecture for Georgian Festivals 
Melanie Doderer-Winkler
Yale University Press for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
9780300186420 pp320, 100 bw, 133 col

Anti-Ugly: Excursions in English Architecture and Design
Gavin Stamp
Aurum Press Limited
9781781311233 hb £16.99, pp272, bw

Amy Sawyer of Ditchling, Artist, Eccentric and Lady of Letters
Anne Parfitt-King
Country Books
9781906789886 pb £15, pp186, 6bw, 36 col

William Burgess and The High Victorian Dream
J Mordaunt Crook
Frances Lincoln (revd edn)
9780711233492 hb £45, pp432, bw, col

Eric Ravilious Artist and Designer
Alan Powers
Lund Humphries
9781848221116 hb £35, pp216, col

The Oxford Dictionary of Christian Art and Architecture
Peter & Linda Murray, revised Tom Devonshire Jones
Oxford University Press
9780199680276 hb £35, pp672, ill

Men from The Ministry. How Britain Saved Its Heritage
Simon Thurley
Yale University Press 
9780300195729 hb £18.99, pp224, 100 bw

Gainsborough Cottage Doors – An Insight into the Artist’s Last Decade
Hugh Belsey
Paul Holberton Publishing
9781907372506 pb £25, pp120, 80 col

J M W Turner RA (1775-1851) Masterpieces from the Whitworth Art Gallery
Andrew Clayton-Payne
ACP Publications
9780955948015 hb £25, pp55 17 col

Magnificent Marble Statues: British Sculpture in the Mansion House
Julius Bryant
Paul Holberton Publishing
9781907372551 pb £20, pp144, 90 col

Frank Holl: Emerging from the Shadows
Jonathan Black & Sara Ayres
Philip Wilson Publishers
9781781300107 hb £25, pp144, ill

The Unfinished Monk
Richard Pitcairn-Knowles & Jeremy Howard
Pitcairn-Knowles Publishing
9780955859137 pb £15.99, pp268, ill

Keith Vaughan – Figure and Ground
Colin Cruise
Sansom & Co, in Association with School of Art, University of Aberystwyth
9781908326331 pb £16.50, pp96, ill

Landscapes of London: The City, Country and Suburbs 1660–1840
Elizabeth McKellar
Yale University Press for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
9780300109139 hb £45, pp 276, 120bw, 24 col

Alan Sorrell: The Life and Works of an English Neo-Romantic Artist
Sacha Llewellyn & Richard Sorrell, eds
The Fine Art Society/Liss Fine Art
Sansom & Co
9781908326379 pb £25, col

Patrick Reyntiens: Catalogue of Stained Glass
Libby Horner
Sansom & Co
9781908326485 hb £60, pp352 col 

Turner and The Sea
Christine Riding & Richard Johns
Thames & Hudson
9780500239056 hb £35, pp288, 3 bw, 222 col

The Young Van Dyck
Alejandro Vergara and Friso Lammertse
Thames & Hudson
9780500970508 hb £45, pp416, 36 bw, 242 col

Francis Bacon – Five Decades
Anthony Bond
Thames & Hudson
9780500093757 hb £34.95, pp240, 215 col

A is a Critic: Writings from The Spectator
Andrew Lambirth
Unicorn Press
9781906509200 pb£12.99, pp288

Gwilym Prichard  – A Lifetime’s Gazing
Harry Heuser & Robert Meyrick
Sansom & Co
9781908326157 hb £25, pp112, ill

Treasures of the Royal Courts, Tudors, Stuarts and The Russian Tsars
Olga Dmitrieva & Tessa Murdoch
V&A Publishing
9781851777310 hb £30, pp176, col

The Sheldonian Theatre: Architecture and Learning in Seventeenth Century Oxford
Anthony Geraghty
Yale University Press for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
9780300195040 hb £35, pp159, 22 bw, 45 col

Ireland and the Picturesque
Finola O’Kane
Yale University Press for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
9780300185386 hb £45, pp304, 30 bw, 115 col

The King’s Pictures. The Formation and Dispersal of the Collections of Charles I and his Courtiers
Francis Haskell (Nicholas Penny, Karen Serres, eds)
Yale University Press for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
9780300190120 hb £30, pp 260, 40 bw, 80 col

Under the Banyan Tree: Relocating the Picturesque in British India
Romita Ray
Yale University Press for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
978030018769 hb £50, pp372, 60 bw, 50 col

Georgians Revealed: Life Style and the Making of Modern Britain
Moira Goff, John Goldfinch, Karen Limper-Hertz and Helen Peden
The British Library
9780712357142 (pb) 9780712357135 (hb) 30 hb; £20 pb, pp168, 150col

Concepts of Creativity in Seventeenth Century  England
Rebecca Herissone & Alan Edward, eds
The Boydell Press
9781843837404 hb £60, pp372

Friday, 3 January 2014

Now the British Library makes 1 million images available

Copyright-free digital material… it's catching…

Following our last report on the Getty's joining in on making digital material freely available for use, the British Library has put 1 million images available for use without restriction on Flickr.
Just follow THIS LINK
In fact, using Flickr is not the brightest and best plan but it's a start, and screen grabs will have to come in handy here if you really want to use any of the images. Still it's a start. MORE please but make it more user friendly. Here is what they said:
'The release of these collections into the public domain represent the Library’s desire to improve knowledge of and about them, to enable novel and unexpected ways of using them, and to begin working with researchers to explore and interpret large-scale digital collections.'
Well, quite…

Monday, 30 September 2013

Getty Museum makes digital content available

Another step in the (copy)right direction…

Following the initiatives of the British Museum, Yale University, the Walters Art Museum, and other institutions honoured in these pages, the director of the Getty, James Cuno, wrote the following on the Getty’s online magazine ( 12 August 2013 (excerpted):

"Today the Getty becomes an even more engaged digital citizen, one that shares its collections, research, and knowledge more openly than ever before. We’ve launched the Open Content Program to share, freely and without restriction, as many of the Getty’s digital resources as possible.
The initial focus of the Open Content Program is to make available all images of public domain artworks in the Getty’s collections. Today we’ve taken a first step toward this goal by making roughly 4,600 high-resolution images of the Museum’s collection free to use, modify, and publish for any purpose.
These are high-resolution, reproduction-quality images with embedded metadata, some over 100 megabytes in size.
Why open content? Why now? The Getty was founded on the conviction that understanding art makes the world a better place, and sharing our digital resources is the natural extension of that belief. This move is also an educational imperative. Artists, students, teachers, writers, and countless others rely on artwork images to learn, tell stories, exchange ideas, and feed their own creativity. In its discussion of open content, the most recent Horizon Report, Museum Edition stated that ‘it is now the mark – and social responsibility – of world-class institutions to develop and share free cultural and educational resources.’ I agree wholeheartedly."

And so, as our readers will know, does The British Art Journal

Friday, 5 July 2013

Berger Prize Winner 2013: Wall Paintings of Eton

The William MB Berger Prize for British Art History 2013 was awarded to Wall Paintings of Eton by Emily Howe, Henrietta McBurney, David Park, Stephen Rickerby, and Lisa Shekede, published in 2012 by Scala, at a reception in London on the evening of Thursday 4 July 2013, held at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. The prize, worth £5000 to be shared among the authors, was presented by Professor Mark Hallett. The assessors said: 'This is a very exciting, major project on the the most important surviving 15th-century wall decoration of the north of the Alps. It also features a major discovery of a 16th-century mural of a school scene that came to light in 2005 in the Head Master’s Chambers. The production was perfect, the scholarship outstanding, the international context explored; the book combines, in the most successful manner, conservation and technical reports with history of great clarity and authority. There was also the romance of the story of the involvement of M.R. James in the preservation of these very important paintings. Congratulations are also due to those who encouraged the project, including the Provost of Eton, Lord Waldegrave, and to the publisher and designer for creating such an attractive, beautifully produced book."

The assessors are:
Timothy J Standring, Gates Foundation Curator of Painting & Sculpture, Denver Art Museum
Dr John Wilson, Director, Timken Museum of Art, San Diego
Dr Rosemary Hill
Andrew Wilton
Dr James Hamilton
Professor Robin Simon, Editor, The British Art Journal

The assessors commented on the other shortlisted books as follows:

Basil Spence, Buildings and Projects
Louise Campbell, Miles Glendinning and Jane Thomas, eds.
RIBA Publishing
This is a tricky moment for Basil Spence: still recent enough to be vulnerable to fashion and taste, the impact of such buildings as Coventry Cathedral, the British embassy in Rome and the University of Sussex still fresh in the memory. But this elegantly produced book is hugely impressive and to the point, filling in much invaluable material and making sense of 20th-century Modernism in Britain and the place of Spence within it. An example to all of how to combine several contribution into a whole, that was the product of a vast amount of research.

Japanned Papier Mâché and Tinware c1740-1940
Yvonne Jones
The Antique Collectors Club
The assessors all agreed that this was a pioneering work, on a subject that no-one knew anything about, but which opened a window onto the interconnecting worlds of art, design and commerce. It was 'wondrous' and in addition an ‘unbelievably beautiful book”' ‘I felt I was being introduced to a world that was new and exciting, in a book that was especially well written.' It might seem to the be last word, but the assessors felt that it really opened the way forward to more research and further publications. A model of its kind.

The London Square
Todd Longstaff-Gowan
Yale University Press for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
This was, all the assessors agreed, quite wonderful. The Prize several observed, has often shown how writers outside the academic world are free from boundaries limiting their investigations, for the very good reason that they simply do not care to recognize that they exist. This book therefore moved freely and fruitfully over architecture, design, social history, modern developments, garden history, and more, over a long sweep of time, with endless cross-references and interconnections. It was refreshing, and opened everyone’s eyes to something, the London square, that we think we know but in fact rarely properly reflect upon. There is now simply no excuse… 

James Wyatt, Architect to George III
John Martin Robinson
Yale University Press for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
Wyatt the destroyer… Not a popular man. A tricky topic… This is a book that has been long in the making and is comprehensive in its scope, arguing for a more positive appreciation of one of the most important but neglected architects in British history. It revealed the range and variety of Wyatt’s inventiveness, his capacity to change and adapt, his sheer professionalism but also, significantly, the beauty of many of his buildings. The illustrations were of the highest quality and altogether the book represents an enduring resource.

George Stubbs: 1724-1806 Science into Art
Herbert W Rott, ed.
Prestel Publishing Ltd
This is the catalogue of an outstanding exhibition that only one of the assessors had been lucky enough to see in Munich. The editor of the catalogue, Herbert Rott, director at the Neue Pinakothek, succeeded in persuading his board to agree to a Stubbs exhibition, with angle towards science, reflected in the title. The exhibition and the book were therefore shaped for a particular audience but both succeeded triumphantly. 'The catalogue is a perfect model of what a catalogue ought to be but so rarely is, these days…' It is especially important in its treatment of the engravings and the scientific aspect of Stubbs’ works. In the event, the exhibition was one of the most successful exhibitions of recent time and in shortlisting this outstanding catalogue the assessors were especially happy to be acknowledging a major initiative in the introduction of Stubbs to a German audience.

Finally, not all books that ought to win prizes are large and the assessors wished especially to commend Ian Waites for Common Land in English Painting 1700-1850 published by The Boydell Press, a most elegantly written book that calmly knocked many entrenched but erroneous notions about British landscape painting firmly on the head, almost in passing…

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Berger Prize Short List 2013

The William MB Berger Prize for British Art History 2013
Short List
[books published in 2012: for Long List go to home page, William MB Berger Prize in menu on right-hand side]
The Prize, worth £5000 to the winner, will be awarded at a reception in London on Thursday 4 July 2013
  • Basil Spence, Buildings and Projects

  • Louise Campbell, Miles Glendinning and Jane Thomas, eds.
    RIBA Publishing
    ISBN 978-1859463093, 
    hb £46, pp368

  • Wall Paintings of Eton 
Emily Howe, Henrietta McBurney, David Park, Stephen Rickerby, Lisa Shekede
Scala, 8 November 2012
ISBN 978-1-857-59787-5
hb £35, pp192, colour 210
  • Japanned Papier Mâché and Tinware c1740-1940
Yvonne Jones
The Antique Collectors Club, 4 May 2012
ISBN 978-1-85149-6860
hb £45, pp336, 360 ills
  • The London Square 
Todd Longstaff-Gowan
Yale University Press for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 20 April 2012
ISBN 978-0-300-15201-2
hb £30, pp304, b/w 160, colour 100
  • George Stubbs: 1724-1806 Science into Art 
Editor Herbert W Rott 
Prestel Publishing Ltd, 29 February 2012
ISBN 978-3-79135170-4 English edition
hb £35, pp240,b/w 12, colour 153
  • James Wyatt Architect to George III 
John Martin Robinson
Yale University Press for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 21st May 2012
ISBN 978-0-300-17690-2
hb £50, pp400, b/w 170, colour 150

Friday, 21 June 2013

Robin Simon is Paul Mellon Lecturer
in  British Art 2013

He gave the Paul Mellon Lectures at the National Gallery, London, each Monday 14 January–11 February.
The theme was British art and the theatre, with the title 'Painters and Players from Hogarth to Olivier'.
Details on the National Gallery website
Robin Simon was joined by actor William Chubb for the first four lectures, and for the final lecture by soprano Alison Pearce and Paul Wynne-Griffiths, piano. The music included works by Handel, Arne and Linley.
The lecture series was repeated at the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven,  10-24 April 2013, when Robin Simon was joined by the actor Bruce Altman for the first four lectures and by actor Alex Kramer for the fifth lecture.

Monday, 17 September 2012

Motya Charioteer

Motya Charioteer at the British Museum
I have a question. Where's willy? Think about it. More to follow…