Haul of secondhand books on art and art education

I cycled to an amazing, vast secondhand bookshop on an industrial estate in Sharston, on the outskirts of Manchester, today, and spent a good while with my head in the art books section.

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I came away with a few books which could well be of relevance to my project: The Englishness of English Art by Nikolaus Pevsner, which I read about in Alexandra Harris’ book Romantic Moderns and is based on a series of lectures for the BBC, a Tom Wolfe book about ‘hideous’ modern architecture and a 1946 Ministry of Education pamphlet about art education, with the cover featuring a lovely print by an art student. Perhaps most excitingly, I also got a 1934 book by Evelyn Gibbs, an artist and art educator who was friendly with Pictures for Schools founder Nan Youngman and was art advisor for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire education authorities, entitled The Teaching of Art in Schools.

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3 Comments on “Haul of secondhand books on art and art education”

  1. […] Lucas focusing on Nan Youngman alongside two other woman artists, the artist and art educator Evelyn Gibbs and Dorothie Field, a former student of Youngman’s who went on to found the 359 Gallery in […]

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  3. […] was Pauline Lucas’s Evelyn Gibbs: Artist and Traveller. It’s a biography of the painter and art educationalist Evelyn Gibbs, a contemporary of Nan Youngman’s who was involved in Pictures for Schools as a […]


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