Word and Image: Art, Books, and Design From The National Art Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum, edited by Rowan Watson, Elizabeth James and Julius Bryant
Rowan Watson, Elizabeth James, and Julius Bryant, editors
This book celebrates Britain's National Art Library, the first of what was a new kind of museum library, formed in the 19th century for and by artists, designers, and artisans; and intensively used by them and later by the public. Here are more than 100 objects that have helped to define and redefine the subject and scope of the history of the fine and decorative arts, from a 15th century book of hours to George Cruikshank's studies of Fagan for Oliver Twist to an Yves Saint Laurent design for the House of Dior and Bill Brandt's photos, Word and Image explores some of the world's finest examples of books.
Julius Bryant is Keeper of Word & Image at the V&A, responsible for the National Art Library, and for Prints, Drawings, Paintings, and Photographs.
Rowan Watson is Senior Curator for the National Art Library's special collections and teaches on the History of the Book MA at the University of London.
Elizabeth James is the Senior Librarian for collections and documentation at the National Art Library.
Table of Contents
A Reader's Foreword
'Word and Image' The Evolution of the Victoria and Albert Museum's Library
The Growth of the Library Collection 1837-1909
Collecting the Art and Design of the Book after 1909
Art, Books and Design from the National Art Library
1. Resources for Art and Design Education
2. Making Images: The Illustrator at Work
3. Designers, Aesthetes and the 'Book Beautiful'
4. The Impact of Photography
5. Promoting Commerical Art The Initiative of 1936
6. The Fashion Archive
7. Modern Artists and the Book