Heath Robinson’s Commercial Art

Heath Robinson (1872–1944) is fondly regarded for his mischievous, gently comic illustrations that have been enjoyed for generations. For the first time the advertising work of this incredibly versatile artist takes centre stage in Heath Robinson’s Commercial Art: A Compendium of his Advertising Work by Geoffrey Beare. For a diverse range of clients, Robinson’s inventiveness, […]

John Minton: A Centenary

A major exhibition marking the centenary of the birth of British artist John Minton (1917–1957) has opened at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester. Here the exhibition’s co-curator and author of the definitive biography of John Minton, Frances Spalding, introduces the artist’s extraordinary life and work. In the course of John Minton’s short career, he was frequently […]

Rebel Modernists: Viennese Architecture since Otto Wagner

Set within the fascinating cultural and political world of Vienna from the fin-de-siècle to the present day, Rebel Modernists: Viennese Architecture since Otto Wagner by Liane Lefaivre provides an insightful analysis of the city’s extraordinarily rich architectural tradition. Despite being a small city, since 1900, Vienna has produced many great architects and their work includes some […]

‘Designing the V&A’: some reflections by the author

It may seem strange that the largest object in the Victoria and Albert Museum is not in the care of a curator. The building itself is a masterpiece of Victorian and Edwardian art and design, indeed, it is the most elaborate and complex museum building in Britain. Fortunately, many curators have fallen in love with […]