These two titles published by Lund Humphries show how a major publisher can collaborate successfully with museums and galleries in the production of colourful, informative tomes.

Adam, Peter and Andrew LambethEileen Gray: the private painter. London, Lund Humphries in association with Osborne Samuel, 2015

Book arising from an exhibition of the same name held at the Osborne Samuel Gallery from 14 October to 17 November 2015 together with items from Gray’s retrospective in 2013 at the Pompidou featuring her lesser known works. Better known as a designer she trained as a painter and continued to paint and make collages throughout her life. This illustrated work demonstrates her versatility in the use of gouache and pencil as well as photography. Priced at £30.00 it’s expensive for 104 pages but if your library has all the other tomes on Gray, then it would be worth adding to your collections.

Riding, Christine (Ed)Art and the war at sea 1914-1945. London, Lund Humphries in association with the National Maritime Museum

Couldn’t resist this title as I wanted to see naval images from the Second World War especially which showed what my father (Royal Navy, convoy escort, Corvette class) might have experienced. The beautifully illustrated contents should inspire you to visit the NM Museum’s collections to see for yourself. A variety of objects and images provides a fascinating picture of the two world wars from a naval perspective. Good price at £40.00.

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