William MB Berger Prize for British Art History 2020

2020 Winner

Hugh Belsey

Thomas Gainsborough. The Portraits, Fancy Pictures and Copies after Old Masters

Yale University Press for The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

ISBN 978-0-300232097 20 vols pp1112 hb
£150 bw & col 1300

 A magnificent book, a magnum opus. It brings to life so many female sitters, who have now been given their place in history for the first time. Magisterial

Short list

Louise Campbell 

Studio Lives: Architect, Art and Artist in 20th-Century Britain

Thought-provoking and elegantly written. Absorbing on such matters as the relationship between living and studio spaces. Ambitious and rewarding

Caroline Elam

Roger Fry and Italian Art

Ad Ilissum /The Burlington Magazine, distributed by Paul Holberton

A sumptuous book to look at and to read. The best kind of art history. So good on Fry’s influence upon art and taste in the UK, and all those fallings-out and fallings-in

Elizabeth Goldring

Nicholas Hilliard: Life of an Artist

Yale University Press for The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

Brilliant, showing that the life and art of an artist are inseparable. A mass of reading and research brings Hilliard to life. Outstanding in placing Hilliard in his international context

Carol Jacobi, ed

The EY exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain

Tate Publishing

Van Gogh comes alive in this book, and we hear his voice. Two parts, his early life in England, and then the impact of his art in Britain, and both convincing. So original in an area that one thought had been well trodden

Sarah Lodge

Inventing Edward Lear 

Harvard University Press

Intensely analytical, confirming that Lear was indeed a genius. Highly original, even including links to his music. A profoundly rewarding book to read, in prose worthy of its subject. Situates Lear so well in the context of his Pre-Raphaelite friends

Long List

Andrew Lambirth

Life of Bryan – A Celebration of Bryan Robertson

Unicorn Press

ISBN 978-1916495739 pp320 hb £30 col 100

 

Andrew Lambirth

John Nash: Artist & Countryman

Unicorn Press

ISBN 978-1916495702 pp256 hb £40 bw 100 col200

 

Ian Collins

Two Lives in Colour: Fred Dubery
and Joanne Brogden

Unicorn Press

ISBN 978-1911604730 pp160 hb £25 col 300

 

James Bartos

The Geometry of Beauty:
The Not Very British Art of Six British Artists

Unicorn Press

ISBN 978-1912690343 pp320 hb £30 col 96

 

Penny Hunting

My Dearest Heart:
The Artist Mary Beale 1633–1699

Unicorn Press

ISBN 978-1912690084 pp208 hb £25 col 120

 

Jim Davies

Illustrating Armageddon:
Fortunino Matania and the First World War

Uniform Press (an imprint of Unicorn)

ISBN 978-1912690015 pp416 hb £30 bw200 col 20

 

Rob Donovan

The Remarkable Life of Jago Stone:
Once a Burglar, Always an Artist

Unicorn Press

ISBN 978-1912690428 pp240 pb £20 col 64

 

Peter Humfrey

The Stafford Gallery: The Greatest Art Collection
of Regency London

Unicorn Press

ISBN 978-1916495753 pp342 hb £60 col 150

 

 

David Bindman, ed

Hogarth, Place and Progress

Soane Museum

ISBN 978-1999693213 pp144 pb £24.95
bw 68 col 121

 

Peter Wakelin

Refuge and Renewal:
Migration and British Art

Sansom & Co

ISBN 978-1911408543 pp112 pb £20 ill

 

Anne Anderson

Beyond the Brotherhood:
The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy

Sansom & Co

ISBN 978-1911408 550 pp 128 pb £17.50 ill

 

Paul Moorhouse

Bridget Riley A Very Very Person.
The Early Years

Ridinghouse

ISBN 978-1909932500 pp272 pb £20 bw19 col 11

 

Paul Moorhouse

John Virtue 

Ridinghouse

ISBN 978-1909932524 pp286 hb £38 bw 230

 

Suzanne Fagence Cooper and Richard Johns

Ruskin, Turner & The Storm Cloud

Paul Holberton

ISBN 978-1911300601 pp120 pb £20.00 col 50

 

Diane Bilbey

Britain Can Make It:
The 1946 Exhibition of Design

Paul Holberton

ISBN 978-1911300540 pp256 pb £20 col 230

 

Eric Akers-Douglas, ed Lawrence Hendra

Divine People: The Art and Life of Ambrose McEvoy 1877–1927

Paul Holberton

ISBN 978-1911300793 pp288 hb £35 col 100

 

Anthony Spira, Martin Postle and Paul Bonaventura

George Stubbs: ‘All done from Nature’

Paul Holberton

ISBN 978-1911300687 pp224 pb £35 col 150

 

Caroline Elam

Roger Fry and Italian Art

Ad Ilissum/The Burlington Magazine (distributed by Paul Holberton)

ISBN 978-1912168088 pp452 hb £100 250 ill

 

Arthur MacGregor

Company Curiosities Nature,
Culture and the East India Company, 1600–1874

Reaktion Books

ISBN 978-1789140033 pp400 hb £40 bw 61 col 116

 

Kate Retford and Susanna Avery-Quash, eds

The Georgian London Town House.
Building, Collecting and Display

Bloomsbury Visual Arts

ISBN 978-1501337291 pp364 hb £90 bw 60 col 32

ISBN 978-1501337307 EPUB/MORI £97.20

ISBN 978-1501337314 pdf eBook £97.20

 

Maria Quirk

Women, Art and Money in Late Victorian and Edwardian England, 1880–191: The Hustle and the Scramble

Bloomsbury Visual Arts

ISBN 978-1501343056 pp248 hb £85 tables 5

ISBN 978-1501343063 EPUB/MORI £91.80

ISBN 978-1501343070 pdf eBook £91.80

 

Rosika Desnoyers

Pictorial Embroidery in England

Bloomsbury Visual Arts

ISBN 978-1350071759 pp184 hb £85 bw 41 col 19

ISBN 978-1350071773 EPUB/MOBI eBook £91.80

ISBN 978-1350071766 pdf £91.80

 

William Dalrymple

Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company

Philip Wilson Publishers (imprint of Bloomsbury)

ISBN 978-1781301012 pp192 hb £35

 

Tobias Capwell and Hannah Higham

Henry Moore: The Helmet Heads

Philip Wilson Publishers (imprint of Bloomsbury)

ISBN 978-1781300770 pp160 pb £25 col 110 (ebook available)

 

William Feaver

The Lives of Lucian Freud: Youth, 1922–1968

Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN 978-1408850930 pp704 hb £35 bw 48 col 28

ISBN 978-1408850947 EPUB/MOBI eBook £29.40

 

Louise Campbell

Studio Lives. Architect, Art and Artist in 20th-Century Britain

Lund Humphries 

ISBN 978-1848223134 pp288 hb £35 bw 70 col 40

 

Monica Bohm-Duchen

Insiders Outsiders: Refugees from Nazi Europe
and their Contribution to British Visual Culture

Lund Humphries

ISBN 978-1848223462 pp256 hb £40 col 144

 

 

Alicia Foster

Radical Women: Jessica Dismorr and her Contemporaries

Lund Humphries

ISBN 978-1848223707 pp128 hb £35 bw 7 col 64

 

Valeria Carullo

Moholy-Nagy in Britain: 1935–1937

Lund Humphries

ISBN 978-1848223769 pp96 pb £29.95 col 80

 

Eleanor Clayton and Helen Little

Alan Davie and David Hockney: Early Works

Lund Humphries

ISBN 978-1848223752 pp112 pb £24.99 bw 15 col 60

 

Philip Modiano

Petit’s Tours of Old Staffordshire

RPS Publications

ISBN 978-1916493100 pp180 pb £14 bw14 col 173 col maps 57

 

Francis Hutton-Williams

Thomas MacGreevy and the Rise of the Irish Avant-Garde

Cork University Press

ISBN 978-1782053569 pp160 hb €39 ill

 

Catharine MacLeod

Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver

National Portrait Gallery, London

ISBN 978-1855147324 pp25 hb £14.95 col 140

 

Jan Marsh et al.

Pre-Raphaelite Sisters

National Portrait Gallery, London

ISBN 978-1855147270 pp224 hb £35 col 160

 

Museum of Art Lucerne, ed

Contributions by D Blayney Brown, L Breitschmid,
F Fetzer, C Nooteboom, E Suter, B Wisner

Turner: The Sea and the Alps

Hirmer Verlag

ISBN 978-3777432663 pp180 hb £32 col 100

 

Giovanni Aloi

Lucian Freud Herbarium

Prestel Publishing

ISBN 978-3791385334 pp176 hb £39.99 col 119

 

Elain Harwood

Art Deco Britain: Buildings of the Interwar Years

Batsford (imprint of Pavilion Books)

ISBN 978-1849945271 pp272 hb £25 col 119

 

Twentieth Century Society

100 Churches 100 Years

Batsford (imprint of Pavilion Books)

ISBN 978-1849945141 pp208 hb £25 col 230

 

Colin Thom

Robert Adam and his Brothers.
New light on Britain’s leading architectural family

Liverpool University Press

ISBN 978-1848023598 pp280 hb £65 bw 79 col 153

 

Adrian Eeles, ed

Brought to Life: Eliot Hodgkin Rediscovered 

The Rothschild Foundation, Waddesdon,
in association with Paul Holberton

ISBN 978-1911300571 pp159 hb £35 bw 24 col 172

ISBN 978-1911300748 pb £25

 

Andrew Dempsey, Lulu Norman and Jackie Wullschlager

Leon Kossoff. A London Life

Piano Nobile Publications

ISBN 978-1901192537 pp144 hb £45 bw 4 col 71

 

Carol Jacobi

The EY exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain

Tate Publishing

ISBN 978-1849766029 pp240 pb £25 col 227

 

Dennis T Lanigan and Ronald Lessens

Henry Wallis (1830–1916).
rom Pre-Raphaelite Painter to Collector/Connoisseur 

ACC Art Books

ISBN 978-1788840279 pp320 hb £45 bw 119 col 164

 

Martin Harrison, ed

Bacon and the Mind: Art, Neuroscience and Psychology
(Francis Bacon Studies)

The estate of Francis Bacon Publishing in association with Thames & Hudson

ISBN 978-0500970973 pp156 pb £28 ill

 

David Dawson, Joseph Leo Koerner, Jasper Sharp
and Sebastian Smee

Lucian Freud: The Self-portraits

Royal Academy of Arts

ISBN 978-1912520060 pp152 hb £35 ill

 

Roy Strong

The Elizabethan Image

Yale University Press

ISBN 978-0300244298 pp224 hb £35 col 230

 

Annette Carruthers, Mary Greensted and Barley Roscoe

Ernest Gimson Arts & Crafts Designer and Architect

Yale University Press

ISBN 978-0300246261 pp372 hb £50 ill 320

 

Clarissa Campbell Orr

Mrs Delany: A Life

Yale University Press

ISBN 978-0300161137 pp448 hb £30 illl 50

 

 

Richard Cork

Young Bomberg and the Old Masters

National Gallery London / Yale University Press

ISBN 978-1857096477 pp64 pb £16.95 col 65

 

Elizabeth Goldring

Nicholas Hilliard. Life of an Artist

The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

ISBN 978-0300241426 pp352 hb £40 col 250

 

Sarah Thomas

Witnessing Slavery – Art and Travel in the Age of Abolition

The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

ISBN 978-1913107055 pp304 hb £45 col 168

 

David Cannadine

Westminster Abbey. A Church in History

The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
in association with Westminster Abbey

ISBN 978-1913107024 pp456 hb £35 bw 100 col 100

 

Hugh Belsey

Thomas Gainsborough.
The Portraits, Fancy Pictures and Copies after Old Masters

The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

ISBN 978-0-300232097 20 vols pp1112 hb £150 bw & col 1300

 

Sarah Lodge

Inventing Edward Lear

Harvard University Press

ISBN 978-0674971158 pp448 hb £23.95 bw 81 col 17

 

Matthew C Potter

British Art for Australia, 1860–1953:
The Acquisition of Artworks from the United Kingdom
by Australian National Galleries

Routledge / Taylor & Francis

ISBN 978-1472426369 pp262 hb £96 bw 38 col 12

ISBN 978-0429423666 eBook £44.99

 

Katherine Field (cat and essay),
essays by Gábor Bellák and Beáta Somfalvi

Philip de László: ‘I am an Artist of the World’

De László Archive Trust

The de Laszlo Archive Trust

ISBN 978-1-5272-4619-5 pb £15 (office@delaszlo.com)
pp90 bw 74 col 60

 

Douglas Fordham

Travel, Print, and Empire, 1770–1820

Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

ISBN 9781913107048 pp328 hb £45 bw col251

William Merriam Bart Berger (1925-1999) was born in Denver, a fourth-generation Coloradan. Following family tradition, he built a career in finance, for which he was nationally recognized. Bernadette Joan Johnson Berger (1940-2015), also a Denver native, grew up in western Colorado and owned farms in Kansas She raised three daughters and worked as a securities trader and stockbroker.

The Berger Collection is currently on view at the Denver Art Museum. Treasures of British Art: The Berger Collection showcases more than 60 paintings gifted to the museum by the Berger Collection Educational Trust (BCET).


THE BERGER PRIZE

In 2001, the Berger Collection Educational Trust (BCET) and The British Art Journal established a prize for excellence in the field of British art history, in honor of the late William M. B. Berger. The prize was created to recognize that some of the very finest work in art history is being carried out in the field of British art, and that much of it is being published by The British Art Journal. Since its inception, the Berger Prize has come to be recognized as the most prestigious in the field.

Award

The William M. B. Berger Prize for British Art History awards £5,000 annually, chosen by The British Art Journal in association with the BCET of Denver, Colorado.

Criteria

The Berger Prize is awarded annually to an outstanding book, exhibition, or exhibition catalog (in any language) on the subject of British art history appearing during the preceding calendar year (January–December).

Assessors

A panel of no fewer than five and no more than seven assessors selects the recipient. The assessors committee includes the editor of The British Art Journal.

Nominations

Institutions and publishers are welcome to nominate individuals they believe will fulfill the criteria set for the prize. Other nominations should be supported by the names of two individual scholars of good standing, together with their contact information.

Nominations should be made to:

The Secretary
William M. B. Berger Prize for British Art History
The British Art Journal
46 Grove Lane
London SE5 8ST, UK
editor@britishartjournal.co.uk

Upon the assessors’ acceptance of a nomination, copies of the work must be submitted for further consideration.

William MB Berger Prize for British Art History Prize winners and presenters

2019: Nicholas Savage, Burlington House: Home of the Royal Academy of Arts. Royal Academy of Arts. Presented by Rachel Campbell Johnston.

2018: David Hansen, Dempsey’s People: A Folio of British Street Portraits 1824-1844. National Portrait Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Presented by Dr. Bendor Grosvenor.

2017: Sacha Llewellyn, Winifred Knights 1899–1947. Lund Humphries in association with Dulwich Picture Gallery.

2016: Giles Waterfield, The People’s Galleries. Art Museums and Exhibitions in Britain 1800–1914. Yale University Press for the Paul Mellon Centre Centre for Studies in British Art. Presented by Professor Frances Spalding.

2015: William L Pressly, James Barry’s Murals at the Royal Society of Arts: Envisioning a New Public Art. Cork University Press. Presented by Loyd Grossman.

2014: Alex Bremner, Imperial Gothic: Religious Architecture and High Anglican Culture in the British Empire 1840–1870. Yale University Press. Presented by Professor Gavin Stamp.

2013: Emily Howe, Henrietta McBurney, David Park, Stephen Rickerby, and Lisa Shekede, Wall Paintings of Eton. Scala. Presented by Professor Mark Hallett.

2012: Terry Friedman, The Eighteenth Century Church in Britain. Yale University Press for the Paul Mellon Centre. Presented by Sir Timothy Clifford.

2011: Charlotte Gere and Judy Rudoe, Jewellery in the Age of Queen Victoria: A Mirror to the World. British Museum Press. Presented by A. N. Wilson.

2010: Diana Donald and Jane Munro, eds., Endless Forms: Charles Darwin, Natural Science and the Visual Arts. Yale Center for British Art/ Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge in association with Yale University Press. Presented by The Hon. Lady Roberts, Royal Librarian.

2008: Thomas P. Campbell, Henry VIII and the Art of Majesty. Tapestries at the Tudor Court. Yale University Press for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. Presented by Robin Simon.

2007: John Harris, OBE, Moving Rooms: The Trade in Architectural Salvages. Yale University Press for the Paul Mellon Centre. Presented by Tim Knox.

2006: Judith Bronkhurst, William Holman Hunt: A Catalogue Raisonné. Yale University Press for the Paul Mellon Centre. Presented by Desmond Shawe-Taylor.

2005: Paula Henderson, The Tudor House and Garden. Yale University Press for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. Presented by Michael Palin.

2004: Derek Keene, Arthur Burns, and Andrew Saint, St Paul’s: The Cathedral Church of London 604-2004. Yale University Press. Presented by Professor Brian Allen.

2003: Brian Andrews, Creating a Gothic Paradise: Pugin at the Antipodes (exhibition catalogue). Presented by Sir Andrew Lloyd-Webber.

2002: David H Solkin, Art on The Line. The Royal Academy Exhibitions at Somerset House 1780 –1836 (exhibition). Courtauld Institute/Yale University Press. Presented by Sir Roy Strong.