Thursday, 26 July 2012

Terry Friedman is Berger Prize Winner 2012

Terry Friedman is the winner of the £5000 William MB Berger Prize for British Art History 2012 for his book The Eighteenth Century Church in Britain published for the Paul Mellon Centre by Yale University Press. 


The prize was presented by Sir Timothy Clifford at a reception held at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in London on the evening of Thursday 5 July. The book was, in the opinion of the assessors, ‘quite simply definitive’. It seemed incredible, several thought, that ‘one man could do it’. It was ‘a revelation of the sheer variety of architecture involved’, all organized ‘with the utmost care and lucidity’. It seems to be, they said, ‘an exhaustive treatment’ of a very understudied but major subject, and yet it ‘opens up entirely new fields for further research and discussion’.


Sir Timothy quoted the assessors' remarks about the other books on the Short List of six:

John Zoffany RA: Society Observed edited by Martin Postle, was the catalogue of the exhibition of the same name, at Yale and the Royal Academy, published by the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, and the Royal Academy of Arts, in association with Yale University Press. It was, in the assessors’ opinion, ‘fantastic, wonderful, with an excellent cast of contributors’. ‘Exciting’, with ‘lots of new material’, obviously at ‘the cutting edge of research’, and ‘beautifully produced’. It ‘shows the way forward for almost endless research into this underestimated artist’. ‘This is the Zoffany who captures the imagination’.
The English Castle by John Goodall, published for the Paul Mellon Centre by Yale University Press, was, the assessors said, an instance of ‘an individual scholar taking an enormous subject and making it both clear and exciting’. ‘The extraordinary clarity of the exposition was brilliantly complemented by splendid photographs and invaluable diagrams of all kinds’. ‘The captions alone are brilliant’ while ‘the text with its many technical terms is not only easy to read but a great pleasure’. It was, they thought, ‘definitive’.
Inigo Jones: The Architect of Kings by Vaughan Hart, published for the Paul Mellon Centre by Yale University Press, was ‘a model for a monograph on any architect’, a ‘focused effort at providing both a national and international context to Jones’s architecture’. The book was ‘full of stimulating ideas’, ‘fresh and exciting’, and ‘the author is at pains to confront several contentious issues – and he does so with vigour’, and puts forward ‘any number of ingenious and original interpretations’.
Johan Zoffany: 1733-1810 by Mary Webster was also published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art by Yale University Press. This was ‘truly the achievement of a lifetime’, a book that has been some forty years in the making, and it was ‘well worth the wait’. It was, the assessors felt, not only ‘extremely successful as a biography’ but also ‘hugely enjoyable’ with its subject ‘emerging from the shadows in all his eccentricity and brilliance’. The ‘excellent illustrations’ were considered by several of the judges almost as valuable as the ‘mass of historical material so very well marshalled and presented’. ‘A great book’.
Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination by Scot Mckendrick, John Lowden & Kathleen Doyle, published by British Library Publishing, accompanied the magnificent exhibition of the same name. It was, said the assessors, ‘exactly the kind of exhibition that the British Library ought to put on, and the book amply complemented an extraordinary show’. The illustrations are ‘stunningly’, ‘jaw-droppingly’ beautiful. ‘If anything it left one wishing for more’.
Sir Timothy reported that the assessors wished especially to note the outstanding nature of a few of the many titles which can be seen on the Long List, notably the pioneering study by Gwen Yarker of portraiture in Dorset, Georgian Faces РPortrait of a County; the book (in Dutch) of the Stanley Spencer exhibition in Rotterdam by Alied Ottevanger; and the catalogue raisonné of William Nicholson by Patricia Reed, Wendy Baron and Merlin James.

The assessors were: Timothy J. Standring, Gates Foundation Curator of Painting & Sculpture, Denver Art Museum; Robin Simon, Editor, The British Art Journal; Rosemary Hill, sometime Fellow, All Souls’ College, Oxford, and independent scholar; Katherine Eustace, Editor of the Sculpture journal; Desmond Shawe-Taylor, Surveyor of The Queen’s Pictures; Angus Trumble, Senior Curator of Paintings and Sculpture, Yale Center for British Art



Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Berger Prize 2012

The William MB Berger Prize for British Art History 2012
Short List (books published in 2011) (Long List below)


The Eighteenth Century Church in Britain
Terry Friedman
Published for the Paul Mellon Centre by Yale University Press
ISBN 978-0-300-15908-0, £60, pp 496, 520 bw, 185 col

The English Castle
John Goodall
Published for the Paul Mellon Centre by Yale University Press
ISBN 978-0-300-11058-6, £45, pp480, 100 bw, 250 col

Inigo Jones: The Architect of Kings
Vaughan Hart
Published for the Paul Mellon Centre by Yale University Press
ISBN 9780300141498, £35, pp336, 130 bw, 100 col

Royal Manuscripts:  The Genius of Illumination
Scot Mckendrick, John Lowden & Kathleen Doyle
British Library publishing
ISBN 9780712358156, £40, pp448, 300 col

John Zoffany RA Society Observed
Martin Postle, ed
Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, & Royal Academy of Arts, London, in association with Yale University Press, New Haven & London
ISBN 9781907533266, £40 hb, £24.95 pb, pp 320, 5 bw, 225 col

Johan Zoffany: 1733-1810
Mary Webster
Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies for British Art by Yale University Press
ISBN 9780300162783, £40, pp416, 175 bw, 180 col


The award of the prize, worth £5000 to the winner, will be made at an evening  reception on 5 July 2012 at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London. It will be presented by Sir Timothy Clifford. Past winners and details of the prize can be found at this link




The William MB Berger Prize for British Art History 2012
Long List (books published in 2011)

Georgian Faces. Portrait of a County
Gwen Yarker
Dorset County Museum
Dorset Natural History & Archaeological Society
ISBN 978-0-900341-05-2, pp111, 100+ col & bw

The Eighteenth Century Church in Britain
Terry Friedman
Published for the Paul Mellon Centre by Yale University Press
ISBN 978-0-300-15908-0, £60, pp 496, 520 bw, 185 col

Stanley Spencer Schilderkunst tussen hemel en aarde (Stanley Spencer Painting Between Heaven and Earth
Alied Ottevanger
WBOOKS www.wbooks.com
ISBN 978 90 891 0306 2, Euros 39,50, pp169, 100+ col


Roma Britannica. Art Patronage and Cultural Exchange in Eighteenth-century Rome
David R Marshall, Susan Russell, Karin Wolfe, eds
The British School at Rome, London
ISBN 978 0 904152 55 5, £35 (pb), pp374, 158 bw, 52 col

William Nicholson. A Catalogue Raisonné of the Oil Paintings
Patricia Reed, Wendy Baron, Merlin James
Yale University Press
ISBN 9780300170542, £95, pp672, 640 col, 90 bw

Rossetti: Painter and Poet
JB Bullen
Frances Lincoln Ltd
ISBN 978-0-7112-3225-9, £35 hb, pp272, 180 col & bw

Strawberry Hill
Anna Chalcraft & Judith Viscardi
Frances Lincoln Publishers
ISBN 9780711231849, £20 pb, pp160, 100 col

Imperial Landscapes: Britain’s Global Visual Culture 1745-1820
John E Crowley, author
Published for the Paul Mellon Centre by Yale University Press
ISBN 9780300170504, £45, pp320, 115 bw, 135 col

Art for the Nation: The Eastlakes & the Victorian Art World
Susanna Avery-Quash & Julie Sheldon
Yale University Press
ISBN 9781857095074, £27, pp 304, 14 bw, 28 col

The English Castle
John Goodall
Published for the Paul Mellon Centre by Yale University Press
ISBN 978-0-300-11058-6, £45, pp480, 100 bw, 250 col

Mysterious Wisdom: The Life & Work of Samuel Palmer
Rachel Campbell-Johnston
Bloomsbury Press
ISBN 978-0-7475-9587-8, £25 pp400, 15 col

The Cult of Beauty
Stephen Calloway & Lynn Federle Orr, eds
V&A Publishing
ISBN 9781851776283, £40, pp288, 250 col
Inigo Jones: The Architect of Kings
Vaughan Hart
Published for the Paul Mellon Centre by Yale University Press
ISBN 9780300141498, £35, pp336, 130 bw, 100 col

English Drawings & Watercolours 1600-1900
Christopher Baker, author
National Galleries of Scotland
ISBN 9781906270353, £125, pp464, 460 col

Public Sculpture of Bristol
Douglas Merritt & Francis Greenacre with Katherine Eustace
Liverpool University Press
ISBN 9781846316388, £30 pb, £60 hb, pp306, 350 bw

The New Painting of the 1860s
Allen Staley
Yale University Press
ISBN 9780300175677, £50, pp438, 150bw, 200 col

Turner and the Elements
Ortrud Westheider and Michael Philipp, eds
Hirmer Publishers
ISBN 3777440019, £39.95, pp256, 10 bw, 150 col

Empire To Nation: Art, History and the Visualization of Maritime Britain 1786-1829
Geoff Quilley
Published for the Paul Mellon Centre by Yale University Press
ISBN 9780300175684, £40, pp304, 100 bw, 40 col

John Constable: Oil Sketches from the V & A
Mark Evans
V&A Publishing
ISBN 9781851776269, £25, pp144, 120 col

Canterbury Cathedral Priory: In the age of Becket
Peter Fergusson, author
Published for the Paul Mellon Centre by Yale University Press
ISBN 978-0-300-175691, £50, pp288, 100 bw, 50 col

Royal Manuscripts:  The Genius of Illumination
Scot Mckendrick, John Lowden & Kathleen Doyle
British Library publishing
ISBN 9780712358156, £40, pp448, 300 col


John Zoffany RA Society Observed
Martin Postle, ed
Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, & Royal Academy of Arts, London, in association with Yale University Press, New Haven & London
ISBN 9781907533266, £40 hb, £24.95 pb, pp 320, 5 bw, 225 col

Writing The Lives of Painters: Biography & Artistic Identity in Britain 1760-1810
Karen Junod
Oxford University Press
ISBN 9780199597000, £63, pp 272, 25 bw

The Manchester Art Treasures Exhibition of 1857:
Entrepreneurs, Connoisseurs & the Public
Elizabeth A Pergam
Ashgate Publishing
ISBN 9781409418306, £70, pp396, 53 bw, 12 col

John Martin Apocalypse
Martin Myrone, ed
Tate Publishing
ISBN 978 1 85437 889 7, £30, pp240, 100+ col

An Artists’ Village: GF Watts & Mary Watts at Compton
Mark Bills
Philip Wilson Publishers
ISBN 9780856676963, £19.95, pp176, 100+ bw & col

Francis Bedford, Landscape Photography & Nineteenth Century British Culture
Stephanie Spencer
Ashgate publishing
ISBN 9781409408536, £60, pp212, ill bw

Watercolour
Alison Smith, ed
Tate publishing
ISBN 9781854379139, £24.99, pp192, 150 col

Stanley Spencer and the English Garden
Steven Parissien, ed
Paul Holberton Publishing
ISBN 9781907372124, £16.99, pp96, 50 col

John Piper in Kent & Sussex
Nathaniel Hepburn, ed
Mascalls Gallery
ISBN 978-0956767608, £20, pp 128, ill col


Johan Zoffany: 1733-1810
Mary Webster
Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies for British Art by Yale University Press
ISBN 9780300162783, £40, pp416, 175 bw, 180 col

Constable and Salisbury: The Soul of Landscape
Timothy Wilcox
Scala Publishers
ISBN 978 1 85759 679 3, £25, pp196, 138 bw & col

Painting Canada: Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven
Ian Dejardin et al
Philip Wilson Publishers
ISBN 9780856677083, £45, pp216, 40 bw, 196 col

Lost and Found: Wright of Derby’s View of Gibraltar
John Bonehill, Janet M Brooke, David de Witt & Barbara Klempan
Agnes Etherington Art Centre
Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario
ISBN 9781553392583, £38.99, pp 66, ills col

Court on Canvas: Tennis in Art
Ann Sumner, ed
Philip Wilson Publishers
ISBN 9780856677069 (pb), £20, pp176

Hope: The Life & Times of a Victorian Icon
Nicholas Tromans, author
Watts Gallery
ISBN 9780956102270, £10

Gainsborough’s Landscapes
Susan Sloman, author
Philip Wilson Publishers
ISBN 9780856676970, £14.99, pp 120

John Craxton
Ian Collins, author
Ashgate Publishing
ISBN 9781848220690, £35pp 186 bw 47 col179

Meetings in Marrakech
Vincenza Russo – Editorial Coordination
Skira Editore
ISBN 9788857212418, pp 76 ill 50