/C20th Art
  • Liquor and Literature: Letters to John Lewis

    Edward Ardizzone, Introduced by Alan Powers

    One of two remarkable books from The Reading Room Press to have recently arrived in the shop. This collection of letters from Edward Ardizzone to John Lewis concerns his commission to illustrate the 1963 edition of Harveys Wine List. They are accompanied by eleven of the images from the list. Couple these to a preface by that ardent Ardizzonist Alan Powers, a full-sized reproduction of an ink and water-colour drawing hitherto in private hands since purchased in 1955, a contemporary interview with the artist and you have a train of literary and visual delight.

    150 copies set in Bembo, and bound in a Claret quarter-cloth and a patterned paper incorporating one of Ardizzone’s vignettes.

    Hardback £60.00
  • Thijs Mauve: Rotterdam Wood Engravings

    Thijs Mauve

    One of two remarkable books from The Reading Room Press to have recently arrived in the shop. Thijs Mauve [1915–1996] was a Dutch artist whose skills included wood engraving. Amongst the surviving blocks (some of which his widow has left to the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford) are a suite of ten images that he engraved for use in a book , published in 1949, commemorating the completion of the reconstruction of Rotterdam Harbour after its destruction during World War II. These are striking images and seemed to Reading Room Press well worth reproducing.

    Set in Lutetia and printed on Zerkall Ingres, the sheets French-folded, there will be 100 copies.

    Hardback £45.00
  • The Narrow Land

    Christine Dwyer Hickey

    Cape Cod, 1950: a family holiday is disrupted by the presence of Edward Hopper and Jo, his wife. By a very accomplished Irish writer.

    Hardback £14.99
  • Charmed Lives in Greece: Ghika, Craxton, Leigh Fermor

    Edited by Evita Arapoglou

    The beautifully-produced catalogue of a wonderful exhibition that has moved from Cyprus to Athens and now to the British Museum. The friendship of these three men lasted five decades, and is illustrated by a profusion of paintings, letters, photographs, etc. The labyrinthine network of their circle (Stephen Spender, Ann Fleming, Lucian Freud, Nikos Kazantsakis…) is a roll-call of lasting fascination.

    We have imported this from Cyprus, and believe stock may prove limited.

    Paperback £30.00
  • A Suffolk Eye

    Maggi Hambling and Jamie Gilham

    Brings together the works of the Suffolk artist Harry Hambling (1902-1998). By his daughter, Maggi, the better known Hambling… With contributions from Andrew Lambirth and George Melly.

    Hardback £20.00
  • Lucian Freud

    Edited by Martin Gayford, David Dawson & Mark Holborn

    The finest presentation of Freud’s work to date,  in 2 clothbound vols, in a slipcase. A collaborative triumph between David Dawson (director of the Lucian Freud Archive and for two decades Freud’s assistant, model, and friend), author and art critic Martin Gayford, and editor Mark Holborn.

    Hardback £395.00
  • Mary Newcomb: Drawing from Observation

    Tessa Newcomb

    The latest in the superb Lund Humphries series on British C20th artists. This includes diary extracts. Newcomb was a wonderful painter, with a gentle eye.

    Hardback £35.00
  • Collector: The Story of Sergei Shchukin and His Lost Masterpieces

    Natalia Semenova

    A biography of the man whose astounding collection emerged from Russia last year and was shown in Paris.

    Hardback £25.00
  • St Ives: The art and the artists

    Chris Stephens

    A good illustrated account of the group that spanned three generations and included Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, Peter Lanyon, Patrick Heron, Terry Frost and Roger Hilton.

    Hardback £26.00