/Art History
  • A History of Pictures for Children

    David Hockney & Martin Gayford, illustrated by Rose Blake

    Chronology is completely subverted by looking at ways in which artists work: light, shadow, mark-making, even photography and film. Clever, unstuffy, with some wonderful juxtapositions – the Mona Lisa and Marlene Dietrich, for instance, or approaches to perspective using Uccello’s Hunt in the Forest and one of Hockney’s own photographic collages of Arizona.

    Hardback £14.95
  • A Writer of Our Time: The Life and Writings of John Berger

    Joshua Sperling

    A biography of the late art critic, essayist, dramatist, painter, poet and novelist, whose ‘Ways of Seeing’ revolutionised art history. “Far from dragging politics into art, art has dragged me into politics.”

    Hardback £20.00
  • Charles II: Art & Power

    Rufus Bird

    Accompanies an exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery. Due in December.

    Hardback £49.95
  • Forms of Enchantment: Writings on Art & Artists

    Marina Warner

    An illustrated anthology of Warner’s essays about the transformative power of art – particularly contemporary – through an exploration of the myths and symbols to which her exemplar artworks allude. Her cast includes Bosch and Fuseli, Paula Rego, Helen Chadwick, Damien Hirst and many others.

    Hardback £24.95
  • Italian Frescoes: From Giotto to Tiepolo

    Tomaso Montanari

    A superb art book that presents early Renaissance to late Venetian frescoes in stunning detail. No other book does this so well: thoroughly gloatable.

    Hardback £100.00
  • Souvenirs de Madame Louise-Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun

    "Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun" "edited by Patrick Weiller"

    The full text of the memoirs of the great C18th painter (and wearer of hats), Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (1755-1842). Having achieved considerable fame painting the Bourbon court – beautiful, insouciant and lively women in particular – Vigée le Brun was forced to flee revolutionary France in 1789 with her young daughter. Twelve years were spent in exile, first in Rome and later travelling across Italy to Austria, Russia, Prussia, Saxony, England and Switzerland. Famous for her talent and audacity as a colourist, she would, on arrival in a new city, exhibit in her studio and temporary homes to attract new clients, charming her well-born sitters and commanding high prices for her expressive portraits.

    In 1825 she began to concentrate on writing her memoirs, partly to establish her lasting reputation which she felt threatened by her status as a woman. We have stock of the complete version of her ‘Souvenirs’ in French (the one-volume English version is sadly long out of print) – 3 volumes in a slipcase, illustrated with all 380 paintings, drawings and pastels to which she refers.

    Three volumes in a slipcase £90.00
  • The Caesar of Paris – Napoleon Bonaparte, Rome, and the Artistic Obsession that Shaped an Empire

    Susan Jaques

    Bony’s fascination with antiquity.

    Hardback £21.99
  • The Collector of Lives: Giorgio Vasari and the Invention of Art

    Ingrid D Rowland & Noah Charney

    Vasari taught the world to view artists as geniuses and visionaries rather than as simple craftsmen.

    Hardback £23.99
  • The Company of Artists: the Origins of the Royal Academy of Arts in London

    Charles Saumarez Smith

    On the wintry afternoon of Monday 28 November 1768, an architect and three artists were granted an audience with George III at St James’s Palace; their mission, the foundation of a royal academy of arts in London. This is the first day-by-day account of the events that led up to that meeting and what happened immediately afterwards. In its telling, it reveals the strong personalities involved, the rivalries and intrigues that divided them, the competing ideas about the teaching and exhibition of art, and the problems of governance that forged the Royal Academy, and continue to reverberate within it today, some 250 years later.

    Hardback £25.00