Lund Humphries Landmarks – Ivon Hitchens, edited by Alan Bowness with an essay by T. G. Rosenthal (1973)

Peter Khoroche discusses Lund Humphries’ 1973 book on Ivon Hitchens as the ‘benchmark’ for all future writing on the artist It seems astonishing that until 1973 the only monograph on Ivon Hitchens (1893-1979) was the one by Patrick Heron, published in the Penguin Modern Painters series in 1955. His essay, illustrated by 32 plates (only half […]

Promotion through print: The printed works of C.R.W. Nevinson

To coincide with of the publication of Jonathan Black’s new book and a display of printed works at Osborne Samuel, David Boyd Haycock discusses C.R.W. Nevinson’s single-minded pursuit of artistic renown and how his printed works in particular were a vital promotional tool. It has long been my impression that the thing C.R.W. Nevinson wanted most […]

Lund Humphries Landmarks – William Scott: Paintings, edited and introduced by Alan Bowness, with contributions from Michel Ragon and Werner Schmalenbach (1964)

Frances Spalding discusses the modern ‘cool’ of Lund Humphries’ 1960s monograph on William Scott and reflects on the cementing of the artist’s style in the preceding decade. This monograph followed the format laid down by the first Lund Humphries monograph in 1944, but its style belongs very definitely to the 1960s. The typeface chosen is […]

Countdown to 1st September! Polish your entries for our Emerging Art Writers Competition

Sharpen your pencils. Fire up your laptops. Get in copious quantities of strong coffee. The deadline for our Emerging Art Writers competition is under three weeks away, and the British art world is waiting for your brilliant, considered and exquisitely written contributions to the question ‘What, if anything, is the legacy of British Modernism in […]

Lund Humphries Landmarks – Ben Nicholson Volumes 1 & 2, with introductions by Herbert Read (1948 & 1956)

Benedict Read discusses the two books written by his father Herbert Read on the artist Ben Nicholson in 1948 and 1956 and the wider impact of Lund Humphries’ monographs in this period. The Lund Humphries monographs started with Henry Moore in 1944. This set a format of listing works, plentiful illustrations, an artist’s own writings […]

In Memory of Andrew Causey (1940-2014)

We are sad to report the death last week-end of Andrew Causey, author of three Lund Humphries books and a highly regarded historian of modern British art. Andrew was one of our most meticulous, professional, courteous and unassuming authors.  His writing on art was poised, precise, often challenging and always hugely enlightening. His book on […]

Lund Humphries Landmarks – Barbara Hepworth: Carvings and Drawings, with an Introduction by Herbert Read (1952)

Frances Guy considers the contributions of Barbara Hepworth and Herbert Read to a book which helped to establish Hepworth’s reputation as a key British artist. This was the first major monograph to be published on Barbara Hepworth, at the start of a decade which saw her career develop on the international stage and her sculpture […]