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Escape from the Dusty World: Chinese Paintings and Literati Works of Art

Literati material finds its way into parts of the brain which regular works of antiquity cannot reach; the convoluted twists of cunning poetic allusions, themselves referring back and further back, to old writings, inscriptions on stone, legendary heroes and their mottoes, and not infrequent misquotes, can catch the unwary seeker after meaning in their complex web, causing him to lose all sense of afternoons and sometimes days. While one can admire Chinese literati works for their purely visual appeal and intimate, personable presence, it is their literary content that renders them so endlessly individual and subjective of interpretation. More

Ethiopian Art

Ethiopia has often attracted attention because of its unique position as an ancient Christian culture far into Africa. Many people have been fascinated by the brilliant colours and childlike directness of recent traditional Ethiopian art. Little attention, however, has been given to the great periods that this culture has witnessed in the past. The 15th century saw a magnificent flowering of painting… More

Fame and Friendship: Pope, Roubiliac and the Portrait Bust

An examination of the portraits of Alexander Pope and in particular the compelling busts, originally made for Pope’s closest friends but then multiplied and reproduced throughout the 18th century, by the groundbreaking sculptor Louis François Roubiliac. More


Fate, Hope & Charity explores the poignant stories behind the Foundling Hospital tokens. The tokens were often everyday objects such as playing cards, coins or pieces of fabric, left by mothers as identifiers when giving their child to the Hospital’s care. Following a decade of original research, Janette Bright and Dr Gillian Clark bring to light some of the most intriguing stories about the objects, the parents’ decision to give up their baby, and the biographies of the individual foundlings to whom the tokens belonged. Many tokens still have stories that remain untold and these have inspired creative responses from poet and DJ Charlie Dark, author Jackie Kay, historian and author Hallie Rubenhold and artist David Shrigley. More

Festival of Britain

NO LONGER DISTRIBUTED BY PAUL HOLBERTON PUBLISHING IN THE UK. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT TWENTIETH CENTURY SOCIETY. First published in 2001 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Festival of Britain, this second edition coincides with the Festival's 60th anniversary. The book reproduces more pictures in colour and black-and-white than ever published together before and remains informative, entertaining and challenging to received opinions. More

Festivals and Ceremonies observed by the Royal Family of Kotah

This unique book is a compilation of the rituals and ceremonies observed by the royal family of Kotah. It is intended to benefit not only future generations of the Kotah family, but also those wanting to catch a glimpse behind the scenes otherwise hidden from the observer. More

Flaxman: Master of the Purist Line

The sculptor and draughtsman John Flaxman (1755-1826) is here celebrated and described in six essays followed by a catalogue illustrating the various directions of his work. More

Flight and the Artistic Imagination

Accompanying a major exhibition at Compton Verney, this book examines the innate human desire to transcend the limitations of physiology and gravity – and to fly. Through an intriguing combination of paintings, sculpture, photographs, drawings, prints and video, including works by Leonardo da Vinci, Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, Paul Nash, Peter Lanyon and Hiraki Sawa, the reader will be provided with a unique overview of artists' creative responses to flight, from the earliest imaginings to an era in which space travel has allowed us to glimpse other worlds. More

Flowering of Medieval French Literature “Au parler que m’aprist ma mere”

A reassessment of the history of medieval French literature through close examination of rare and little-known medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, which endure as vibrant reminders of the linguistic, historical, and cultural legacy of modern-day France and the French language. More

Food for the Flames: Idols and Missionaries in Central Polynesia

Twenty-five years after Captain Cook, the London Missionary Society sent its first representatives to the South Seas. Their goal was to eradicate heathenism and idolatry, but unwittingly, they became agents for the preservation of Polynesian culture through their diligent recording of language and religious practices. They even preserved a number of religious artifacts, which they sent back to England for exhibition in the Mission Museum in London. This book focuses on these artifacts, the idols that avoided the flames. More

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