Book Reviews

Screen Shot 2013-07-09 at 8.42.32 AMJulian Trevelyan: Picture Language follows the trail of a painter’s visual language and motivation. The working life of Julian Trevelyan (1910-88) spanned more than 65 years. In that time he exhibited alongside Picasso, Miró and Dalí, was a member of the British Surrealist group, an active participant in the Mass Observation Movement, taught both at Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art, and wrote a number of books. After the Second World War his work was mainly concerned with depicting scenes around his Hammersmith home and the River Thames, where he lived with his wife Mary Fedden, as well as his travels around the world.

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Philip Trevelyan, Julian’s son, set out to discover more about his father’s life as an artist. A documentary filmmaker, Philip takes us on a pictorial journey through Julian’s life and presents here his personal view, offering insights from his researches and first-hand knowledge of life in Trevelyan’s studio at Durham Wharf in London.

Screen Shot 2013-07-09 at 8.43.53 AMRediscovering the Ancient World on the Bay of Naples 1710-1890:

The ancient Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 C.E., drew international attention when excavations commenced in the 1730s. As a result, the nearby city of Naples became a nexus of scholarship, cultural diplomacy, and tourism. This fascinating book examines responses to the excavations by 18th- and 19th-century monarchs, statesmen, scholars, and archaeologists, as well as by artists, architects, designers, writers, and tourists. Screen Shot 2013-07-09 at 8.44.22 AMTwilight of the Romanov’s: A Photographic Odyssey Across Imperial Russia

Twilight of the Romanovs opens a door into the world of pre-revolutionary Russia using original photographs taken during the last decades of Romanov rule. They include remarkable color images created using an early three-color-plate technique that brings the remote past to life. Our companions on this journey include the Scottish photographer William Carrick, Americans George Kennan and Murray Howe, the German-Russian Carl Bulla, Sergey Produkin-Gorsky, and the writers Leonid Andreyev and Anton Chekhov, together with many anonymous others.

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