William MB Berger Prize for British Art History LONG LIST 2022

William MB Berger Prize for British Art History 2021

Joseph Wright of Derby: Painter of Darkness

by Matthew Craske

Matthew Craske being presented with the 2021 Berger Prize by Katherine MB Berger, daughter of William MB Berger and Trustee of the Berger Collection Educational Trust  on Tuesday 30 November during an event at The Society of Antiquaries of London.

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

2020: 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.  Presented online, hosted by Johnny Yarker (view here)

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.

Short list 2021

Timothy Britain-Caitlin
The Edwardians and their Houses
Lund Humphries
ISBN 9781848222687
pp224 col 121 bw 70 £45


 

Matthew Craske
Joseph Wright of Derby: Painter of Darkness
Yale University Press for Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
ISBN 9781913107123
pp386 col 195 + bw £45


Vaughan Hart
Christopher Wren. In Search of Eastern Antiquity
Yale University Press for Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
ISBN 9781913107079
pp232 col 180 + bw £45


 

Sam Smiles
The Late Works of J.M.W. Turner
Yale University Press for Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
ISBN 9781913107161
pp312 col160 + bw £35


 

Roger Stalley
Early Irish Sculpture and the Art of the High Crosses
Yale University Press for Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
ISBN 9781913107093
pp248 col 196 + bw £40


 

Lisa Tickner
London’s New Scene. Art and Culture in the 1960s
Yale University Press for Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
ISBN 9781913107109
pp416 col 80  bw 120 £35


William MB Berger Prize for British Art History 2021

Long List


Matthew Reeve
Gothic Architecture and Sexuality in the Circle of Horace Walpole
Pennsylvania State University Press £59.95


Stephen Calloway and
Caroline Corbeau-Parsons
Aubrey Beardsley
Tate Publishing £25


Martin Harrison, ed
Inside Francis Bacon
The Estate of Francis Bacon Publishing in association with Thames & Hudson £28


Gill Hedley
Arthur Jeffress, A Life in Art
Bloomsbury Visual Arts £25


Tom Williamson
Humphrey Repton: Landscape Design in an Age of Revolution
Reaktion Books £35


Timothy Britain-Caitlin
The Edwardians and Their Houses: The New Life of Old England
Lund Humphries £45


Geoffrey Bond and Christine Kenyon Jones
Dangerous to Show: Byron and his Portraits
Unicorn Publishing £25


David Blayney Brown, Amy Concannon, Sam Smiles
Turner’s Modern World
Tate Publishing £25


Susan Owens
Spirit of Place: Artists, Writers and the British Landscape
Thames & Hudson £25


William Feaver
The Lives of Lucian Freud: Fame 1968–2011
Bloomsbury Publishing £35


Lydia Hamlett
Mural Painting in Britain 1630-1730: Experiencing Histories
Routledge £120


Diane Waggoner
Lewis Carroll’s Photography and Modern Childhood
Princeton University Press £54

Tabitha Parker
British Baroque: Power and Illusion
Tate Publishing £25


Ghislaine Wood
Art Deco by the Sea
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts £25


Martina Droth and Paul Messier, eds
Bill Brandt / Henry Moore
The Yale Center for British Art £50


Alex Kidson
After Darkness Light: The Birth of the Liverpool Annual Exhibitions 1871-1876
Sansom & Co £25


Diana Davis
The Tastemakers: British Dealers and the Anglo-Gallic Interior, 1785–1865
Getty Publications £50


Stephen Bann
Scenes and Traces of the English Civil War
Reaktion Books £40


Conal Shields et al.
John Constable
THOTH Publishers, Netherlands €24.95


Andrew Lambirth
The Art of Richard Eurich
Lund Humphries £45


Paul Greenhalgh, ed
The Nature of Dreams: England and the Formation of Art Nouveau
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts £25


Karen Hearn
Portraying Pregnancy: From Holbein to Social Media
Paul Holberton Publishing £17.50


Matthew Craske
Joseph Wright of Derby: Painter of Darkness
The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art £45


Melody Deusner
Aesthetic Painting in Britain and America: Collectors, Art Worlds, Networks
The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art £40


Sam Smiles
The Late Works of J. M. W. Turner: The Artist and his Critics
The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art £35


Thomas Crow
The Hidden Mod in Modern Art: London, 1957–1969
The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art £25


Lisa Tickner
London’s New Scene: Art and Culture in the 1960s
The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art £35


Roger A. Stalley
Early Irish Sculpture and the Art of the High Crosses
The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art £35


Cora Gilroy-Ware
The Classical Body in Romantic Britain
The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art £40


Vaughan Hart
Christopher Wren: In Search of Eastern Antiquity
The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art £45


 

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

editor@britishartjournal.co.uk

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