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A New Flowering 1000 Years of Botanical Art By Dr. Shirley Sherwood, Stephen Harris, Dr. Barrie Juniper, Forewords by Prince Charles and Prof. Lucia Tongiorgi Tomasi
From the collection of Dr. Shirley Sherwood with additional material that are treasures from Oxford’s libraries and museums,in this lavish new publication centuries old plant portraits and those painted today stand side by side. This is a stunning testament to the uniqueness and artistry of a genre that is having a surprising renaissance among collectors and scholars. From the 17th century onwards, detailed and acute observation has been an essential element in these works that so perfectly reflect nature. The oldest image here is a thistle painted by a monk around the year 1080, the most recent is Angelo Mirro’s painting of a rare Peruvian slipper orchid, discovered in 2002. Illustrations are in full and in close-ups revealing subtleties of anatomy, color, shape and scientific information. The book contains a discussion about the requirements for the scientific elements of botanical illustration and an essay on printing techniques. One of two prefaces has been written by Prince Charles.
Audubon in Edinburgh The Scottish Associates of James John Audubon By John Chalmers
Many books have been written about John James Audubon, the great French-American ornithologist, but none of the other Audubon biographies concentrate on his time in Edinburgh. This period was to prove a turning point in his life. It was in Edinburgh that his grand BIRDS OF AMERICA paintings were first engraved and he realized his ambition of having them published. The first plates were engraved by the leading Edinburgh engraver, William Lizars. An extraordinary project with almost 500 plates, it was printed on the largest available paper and every bird was reproduced to life size. Audubon met many notable characters who were part of the Scottish Enlightenment, and this comprehensive and beautifully illustrated book, based largely on his own journals, provides a vivid account of life in early 19th-century Edinburgh. Here, in his own words, is Audubon’s perspective on his creative process and the great lengths he took to get his works published and continually to ensure their quality.
Bagpipes A National Collection of a National Instrument By Hugh Cheape
The bagpipe is experiencing something of a Golden Age, integrated into world music and heard throughout the world. Dr. Hugh Cheape writes that the bagpipe “still thrives in Eastern Europe, [...] as well as the United States.” From Cheape we learn of the piper’s role as an accompaniment to poetry and other forms. There are detailed descriptions of style of manufacture of bagpipes, their fittings and decorations, and historical figures that played a role in the evolution and popularity of the instrument and of the complex harmonic overtones of the music. Contains illustrations of over 1,800 items – each with its own unique design, sound and story. Included are spectacular period costumes of pipers. In addition to Scottish and British bagpipes are kindred instruments from other countries, examples of sheet music, and ephemera that reflect the character of the tradition.
Black in Fashion Mourning to Night By Laura Jogig, Danielee Whitfield, Roger Leong, and Paola DiTrocchio
Here is the symbolism, meaning and many moods of black in women’s dress over four centuries - Victorian mourning outfits and avant garde pieces of the 1980s - historical paintings showing black attire, antique costumes, aprons, carriage mantles, and corsets by anonymous fashion makers. The fashions are from around the world – a John Redfren jacket (London, early 1900’s), the dress worn by “Madame X” in John Singer Sargent’s famous painting, Chanel blouses and evening dresses, and fashions by Dior, Junya Watanbe Comme des Garcon, Tokyo, Pierre Balmain, Madeleine Vionnel Paris. Black letter Gothic type underscore the message that black clothing has long signified death, power, elegance, urbanity, subversion and sexual allure.
Stringed Instruments By Jon Whiteley
This collection of European stringed instruments, while not large, is world famous. Several of the instruments are among the rarest and most beautiful of their kind. The collection was founded on a group of instruments the Ashmolean received from the firm of W.E. Hill & Sons in 1939, and it has since been increased by two bequests and by an important group of bows and instruments given by Albert Cooper in 1999. W.E. Hill & Sons had an unrivalled reputation for making, restoring, and selling stringed instruments. In the course of handling and repairing instruments, the firm had become increasingly concerned about the damage to early violas and violins by constant playing and repeated restoration. This gave rise to the idea of donating a select group of rare instruments to a museum where they would be preserved. The collection is frequently consulted by instrument makers, as well, as W E Hill & Sons’ commission of a series of working drawings by John Pringle and Stephen Barber to meet the needs of the craftsman instrument-maker serve as invaluable resource materials for professionals and collectors.
Wrought in Gold and Silk Preserving the Art of Historic Tapestries By Anita Quye, Kathryn Hallet, and Concha Herrero Carretero
Wrought in Gold and Silk features important European tapestries and the world-class research that has been undertaken in order to preserve them. It marks the conclusion of the highly significant project. MODHT involved seven European partners in the most intensive study yet undertaken to evaluate scientifically the cumulative damage done to historic tapestries on permanent display. The results allow curators and conservators around the globe to be guided in decision-making in a way that would not have been previously possible. The book is not only of interest to textile professionals and museum curators but to collectors as this material greatly enhances understanding of the properties and, therefore, the value of these great works of art.