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For forty years Philip Wilson Publishers (PWP) has specialized in producing authoritative, finely designed art and illustrated books. Starting life as Sotheby’s Publications, the publishing arm of the famous auction house, it became independent in 1977 as PWP. With over seven hundred works to its credit, the company still concentrates on its original specialization: catalogues raisonnés, monographs, private collection and exhibition catalogues, and museum guides.


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PWP 2011-2012 Catalog

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Painting Canada

Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven

Tom Thomson developed an artistic language that captured the unique qualities of the Canadian landscape - dazzling in color and in tune with the subtle...

By Ian A.C. Dejardin, Anna Hudson, Katerina Atanassova, Nils Ohlsen and Mariëtta Jansen

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Sigismund's Watch

A Tiny Catastrophe

Barbara Loftus’s figurative paintings and works in other media are known for their exploration of the interface between personal memory and historical events....

"...Barbara Loftus’s figurative paintings and works in other media are known for their exploration of the interface between personal memory and historical events..... Barbara Loftus’s figurative paintings and works in other media are known for their exploration of the interface between personal memory and historical events. In her cycle of artworks, Sigismund’s Watch, which takes its subtitle from the writings of the cultural critic Siegfried Kracauer, she reflects on the convergence of public and ..."

By Barbara Loftus, Monica Bohm-Duchen and Esther Leslie

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Ford Madox Brown

Pre-Raphaelite Pioneer

Ford Madox Brown had already pioneered a style of painting which came to be known as Pre-Raphaelite before the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood was founded in 1848....

"...Ford Madox Brown had already pioneered a style of painting which came to be known as Pre-Raphaelite before the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood was founded in 1848..... Ford Madox Brown had already pioneered a style of painting which came to be known as Pre-Raphaelite before the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood was founded in 1848. His beautifully observed landscapes anticipated the open-air effects of the Impressionists. His art was anti-academic, rejecting easy solutions, prettiness, and conventional Vic..."

By Julian Treuherz, Kenneth Bendiner and Angela Thirlwell

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Court on Canvas

Tennis in Art

Court on Canvas: Tennis in Art celebrates the origins of the game in Birmingham and explores the ways in which tennis has inspired artists from the...

"...Court on Canvas: Tennis in Art celebrates the origins of the game in Birmingham and explores the ways in which tennis has inspired artists from the.... Court on Canvas: Tennis in Art celebrates the origins of the game in Birmingham and explores the ways in which tennis has inspired artists from the mid-nineteenth century onwards. The book guides us from the origins of the game as a genteel pastime for the upper classes, through its codification as a sport, to the international high-earning powe..."

By Ann Sumner, Kenneth McConkey, Robert Holland and Susan Elks

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William Etty

Art and Controversy

One of the most successful British artists of the early nineteenth century, Etty’s work has been neglected until recently. This first major study of Etty’s...

"...One of the most successful British artists of the early nineteenth century, Etty’s work has been neglected until recently. This first major study of Etty’s.... One of the most successful British artists of the early nineteenth century, Etty’s work has been neglected until recently. This first major study of Etty’s work in over fifty years reassesses his use of the nude, his training at the Royal Academy, and his large scale historical canvases, and proposes a new framework within which his art ..."

By Sarah Burnage, Mark Hallett and Laura Turner

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Ragamala

Paintings from India

Ragamala is a unique form of Indian miniature painting developed by combining a variety of sources including musical codes and accompanying poetry to indicate...

By Anna L. Dallapiccola, Catherine Glynn and Robert Skelton

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Gainsborough's Landscapes

Themes and Variations

Gainsborough's Landscapes brings together some of Gainsborough’s finest landscape oils and works on paper and examines them by looking at "themes and...

"...Gainsborough's Landscapes brings together some of Gainsborough’s finest landscape oils and works on paper and examines them by looking at "themes and.... Gainsborough's Landscapes brings together some of Gainsborough’s finest landscape oils and works on paper and examines them by looking at "themes and variations" within his landscape oeuvre. The oil paintings chosen represent six principal landscape types which are explored through drawings and prints that show how the artist developed the fin..."

Susan Sloman

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Franz Marc: The Complete Works, Volume 3

The Prints and Sketchbooks

Franz Marc (1880-1916) was one of the most important members of the Blue Rider group of painters, together with artists such as Wassily Kandinsky, Gabriele...

By Annegret Hoberg and Isabelle Jansen

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The Face of Courage

Eric Kennington, Portraiture and the Second World War

The powerful, poignant and unforgettable portraits of soldiers in charcoal and pastel Eric Kennington produced during the Second World War established him as...

Jonathan Black

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Eyewitness

American Originals from the National Archives

This book documents "eyewitness" accounts of major events and everyday living throughout American history. Items include a letter from Thomas Jefferson to John...

Stacey Bredhoff

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Jim Love

From Now On

Jim Love: From Now On is the first publication to celebrate Houston sculptor Jim Love’s work in over 20 years. Love first gained national recognition in 1961...

By Dominique de Menil, Don Quaintance, Lynn M. Herbert, Paula Webb and Mel Chin

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Lincoln and New York

The book, based on an important exhibition at the New-York Historical Society of original artifacts, iconic images and hand-written period documents, fully...

"...The book, based on an important exhibition at the New-York Historical Society of original artifacts, iconic images and hand-written period documents, fully.... The book, based on an important exhibition at the New-York Historical Society of original artifacts, iconic images and hand-written period documents, fully traces for the first time the evolution of Lincoln’s relationship with the nation’s largest and wealthiest city. New York’s role as the Union’s prime provider of manpower, money, medi..."

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William Trost Richards: True To Nature

Drawings, Watercolors and Oil Sketches

William Trost Richards (1833-1905) began his career as an artist of the Hudson River School. His meticulous studies of plants growing along the Hudson together...

"...William Trost Richards (1833-1905) began his career as an artist of the Hudson River School. His meticulous studies of plants growing along the Hudson together.... William Trost Richards (1833-1905) began his career as an artist of the Hudson River School. His meticulous studies of plants growing along the Hudson together with his drawings and watercolors of the Adirondacks, the Catskills, and his native Pennsylvania reveal a sensibility devoted to the close observation of nature. In the 1870s,..."

Carol M. Osborne

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John Rogers

American Stories

John Rogers (1829-1904) is arguably the most popular American sculptor ever, selling over 80,000 small plasters, known as "Rogers Groups" over the course of a...

Kimberly Orcutt

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An Artist's Village

G.F. and Mary Watts in Compton

This book tells the story of the impact G.F. Watts (a major nineteenth-century artist) and his wife Mary Watts had on Compton, a small village in Surrey....

"...This book tells the story of the impact G.F. Watts (a major nineteenth-century artist) and his wife Mary Watts had on Compton, a small village in Surrey..... This book tells the story of the impact G.F. Watts (a major nineteenth-century artist) and his wife Mary Watts had on Compton, a small village in Surrey. Compton later became their artists’ retreat and where they built the Watts Gallery, the Compton Pottery, and the extraordinary Cemetery Chapel.. ..."

By Mark Bills, Hilary Underwood, Veronica Franklin-Gould, Desna Greenhow, Perdita Hunt and Catherine Hilary

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A.J. Munnings

An Appreciation of the Artist and a Selection of his Paintings

Sir Alfred Munnings was a major figure in the great tradition of British horse painters. Famously prolific, controversial and immensely successful, the son of...

"...Sir Alfred Munnings was a major figure in the great tradition of British horse painters. Famously prolific, controversial and immensely successful, the son of.... Sir Alfred Munnings was a major figure in the great tradition of British horse painters. Famously prolific, controversial and immensely successful, the son of an East Anglian Miliner, he rose to become a popular scourge of modern art as President of the Royal Academy, Munnings was one of the great English characters of the last centur..."

Stanley Booth

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The Stylemakers

Minimalism and Classic-Modernism 1915-45

In Paris in the 1920's a new style was born, rejecting the embellishments of Art Nouveau and Art Deco, it allied the linear proportions of late...

"...In Paris in the 1920's a new style was born, rejecting the embellishments of Art Nouveau and Art Deco, it allied the linear proportions of late.... In Paris in the 1920's a new style was born, rejecting the embellishments of Art Nouveau and Art Deco, it allied the linear proportions of late eighteenth-century furniture to a twentieth-century perception, paring down superfluous detail to the essence of classic modernism. The ostensible creation of iconic interior decorator Jean-Michel Frank, the..."

Mo Teitelbaum

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