The winner will be announced in London at 7.15 pm on 2 July 2008 in a reception at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.
The six books short-listed for the 2007 prize (for an outstanding book published between 1 September 2006 and 31 August 2007) are:
Inigo Jones and The European Classicist Tradition
Yale ISBN 978-0-300-11729-5 £40
A New World, England’s First View of America
British Museum ISBN 978 0 7141 2650 0 [PB] £19.99
Moving Rooms: The Trade in Architectural Salvage
Yale for the Paul Mellon Centre ISBN 9780300124200, £30
War Paint: Art, War, State and Identity
in Britain (1939-1945)
Yale for the Paul Mellon Centre ISBN 978-0-300-10890-3 £35
Pictures and Popery. Art an Religion in England, 1660-1760
Ashgate ISBN 978-0-7546-5506-0 £55
James ‘Athenian’ Stuart. The Rediscovery of Antiquity
Ed Susan Weber Soros
Bard Graduate Center/Yale ISBN 9780300117134, £60
Since its inception in 2001, the Berger Prize has come to be recognized as the most prestigious in the field. It celebrates outstanding achievement in the history of British art and is administered by The British Art Journal, the leading research journal, and awarded jointly with the Berger Collection Educational Trust of Denver. The Denver Art Museum houses the important collection of British art assembled by the late William MB Berger in honour of whose memory the prize was established.
A panel of no fewer than five and no more than seven assessors selects the recipient. The assessors committee includes the editor of The British Art Journal (Robin Simon), and is chaired by Dr. Timothy J. Standring, Gates Foundation Curator of Painting and Sculpture, Denver Art Museum, and Trustee of the Berger Collection Educational Trust.
The other assessors for the 2007 prize are:
Professor Linda Colley, Princeton University
Dr. Ann Bermingham, University of California at Santa Barbara
Olivier Meslay, Musée du Louvre, Paris
Dr. Martin Postle, Assistant Director, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
The Long List can be seen in the current issue of The British Art Journal (IX, 1).
The following titles were deemed Hors Concours
Hogarth France and British Art
The Rise of the Arts in Eighteenth-Century Britain
Paul Holberton Publishing/Hogarth Arts
ISBN 978-0-9554063-0-0, £45
Inigo Jones’s ‘Roman Sketchbook’
ISBN 0901953121 Maggs Bros/Roxburghe Club, £200