This image from Giuseppe Poli’s Testacea utriusque Siciliae…(1791-1827) depicts the internal and external structures of a Mediterranean scallop (Pecten jacobaeus), with a degree of detail that had notpreviously been seen in a published work.
This illustration is on view now at the Museum in the exhibition, Natural Histories: 400 Years of Scientific Illustration from the Museum’s Library.
Vilma Reading on a Sofa (1912). Frantisek Tavik Simon (Czech, 1877-1942). Oil on canvas.
While an open window invites viewing into a pleasant night, a letter awaits on the table, the apple is but a step away, and the cat yearns for attention, Vilma is content to lie in comfort enjoying her book, one of many available.
La liseuse (1950-1952). Roger Chapelain-Midy (French, 1904-1992). Oil on canvas. Birmingham Museums Trust.
Chapelain-Midy trained at L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts and also in the atelier Cormon. After being released from military service, Chapelain-Midy enrolled at the Academie de Montparnasse. In 1927 he exhibited at the Salon de Automne and became a member in the same year.
THE GARDENER OF OCHAKOV - Andrey Kurkov
The Gardener of Ochakov is about Igor, a young man who puts on an old soviet policeman’s uniform and finds himself transported back to 1957 – an era that is far less idyllic than his mother’s generation had always made out. In fact it’s positively dangerous. It is the latest novel by Andrey Kurkov, the Ukrainian author whose books are full of black-humour and often wander into the surreal.
Kurkov’s wit finds a brilliant visual partner for his novels in Pablo Amargo, the award-wining Spanish illustrator.
“In my illustrations for Kurkov´s covers I look to create pieces full of mystery and playfulness” - www.pabloamargo.com
Published 1st August 2013.
Who remembers the days before digital photography? The fumes in the darkroom, the surprise when your picture actually turned out, the thumbs….oh, the thumbs!
Kodak film ad from the early 20th century. From the National Museum of American History Library’s trade literature collection.
J - Howard Jacobson
J is set in the future, a world where the past is a dangerous country, not to be talked about or visited.
J is a love story of incomparable strangeness, both tender and terrifying.
David Hughes was commissioned to paint a large J with two stripes of red to run across the spine of the letter. The J needed to fill the page. It needed to convey an underlying tension – to be dynamic with the energy seeping into the background.
Of course it wasn’t as straight forward as envisaged. Here are David’s comments on painting the J.
“After 8 attempts with ink and the like I slipped into my artist’s smock and beret, went over to the easel and with a sweep or two of the brush painted the letter J in black oil paint on lining paper (wallpaper). Voi-la`! Much better to paint your masterpiece standing up…”
Published by Jonathan Cape in September 2014
The seminal book that announced Lewitt-Him’s design partnership to the world. Minerva published an English edition around 1938 and became a hugely influential book, inspiring Jack Townend’s railway book as well as illustrators such as Hilary Stebbing.
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