Sansom & Company

Sansom produce high quality, authoritatively-written and generously illustrated books, which are beautifully designed and printed. Books are priced affordably and designed to be accessible to everyone interested in art – from enthusiasts to art professionals. They have published extensively for galleries, museums and individual artists. Sansom has gained an excellent reputation for publishing illustrated monographs and catalogues and are especially strong on Modern British art. Specialisms include the Cornish art colonies at Newlyn, Lamorna and St Ives. 

Herry Perry Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9781915670175
Pub Date: 30 Sep 2024
Imprint: Sansom & Company
Description:
Herry Perry (1897-1962) is an important, but neglected, artist of the 1920s-50s. The book brings together all aspects of her art for the first time. She studied at the Central School of Arts and Crafts (now Central Saint Martins) from 1924-7 and was taught wood engraving there by Noel Rooke.
Romi Behrens Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9781915670168
Pub Date: 14 Sep 2024
Imprint: Sansom & Company
Illustrations: 80 colour
Description:
The painter, Romi Behrens, lived in West Cornwall for nearly seventy years, voraciously painting the subjects around her every day. Her artistic career was as long as it was broad and spanned many genres, including still life, portraiture and landscape painting. This is the first monograph to pay homage to the extent of her career, providing a selected but characteristically-diverse range of visual and written material from the artist’s oeuvre and archives, starting with Romi's earliest paintings of her family, friends and the streets of Penzance and extending to religious themes done later in her life.
Ray Atkins Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9781915670151
Pub Date: 13 Jun 2024
Imprint: Sansom & Company
Description:
Ray Atkins (b.1937) is one of the least well known major painters of his generation. He studied at Bromley College of Art in Kent before gaining a post graduate place at the Slade despite having failed the National Diploma in Design in 1961.
Adam Bruce Thomson Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 80
ISBN: 9781915670144
Pub Date: 25 Apr 2024
Imprint: Sansom & Company
Description:
Adam Bruce Thomson (1885-1976) was one of the most quietly impactful artists of his generation. Born in Edinburgh, he was among the earliest intake of students to train at the newly established Edinburgh College of Art. He went on to have a long-running teaching career at the College, supporting and encouraging successive cohorts.
Harold Harvey: Painter of Cornwall Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 148
ISBN: 9781915670137
Pub Date: 25 Apr 2024
Imprint: Sansom & Company
Description:
Harold Harvey, a true ‘son of Cornwall’, has been one of the most under-rated and least written about members of the Newlyn ‘School’ of artists which flourished from 1880 to 1930. The son of a bank manager, he grew up in Penance, and after studying under Norman Garstin and a spell in Paris, he settled to a quiet life in Newlyn with fellow-artist Gertrude, painting The Cornwall he knowS from the inside.In his introductory essay, Professor Kenneth McConkey sets Harvey in the context of the art moments of the time, and shows how his early ‘genre’ paintings of rustic and marine life, so characteristic of the early Newlyn artists, gradually gave way to more sophisticated subject matter – Harvey was noted for his sumptuous interiors – and a flatter and more decorative style of painting.
Michael Sandle Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9781911408901
Pub Date: 31 Dec 2023
Imprint: Sansom & Company
Description:
The artist Michael Sandle (b. 1936) is well known for his powerful and uncompromising sculptures such as A Twentieth Century Memorial (1971-78), The Drummer (1985) and Iraq: The Sound of Your Silence (2009). Sandle has also been a very prolific draughtsman over the years, making a large number of prints and drawings, both in relation to his sculpture and also apart from it.
A Painter and a Poet Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9781915670069
Pub Date: 30 Sep 2023
Imprint: Sansom & Company
Description:
This beautiful book, of paintings by Alice Mumford and poems by Sue Leigh, brings together exciting new work from the two makers. Collaboration is perhaps not the right word for a project in which paintings and poems sit side by side, each illuminating the other. Onlooker and reader are offered another glimpse, another view which may change the experience of looking and reading.
Egon Altdorf: Poems and Images Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 112
ISBN: 9781915670120
Pub Date: 11 Aug 2023
Imprint: Sansom & Company
Description:
Altdorf’s earliest poems, written during military service and as a prisoner of war, reflected on nature, poetry and art. Beginning a new life, post-war, as an artist, Altdorf explored how the human figure might be depicted through increasingly abstract representations. Similarly, he refined his poetry to create ‘a new, free, melodic’ language’ with ‘a simple, song-like beauty’.
Egon Altdorf: Into the Light Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781915670083
Pub Date: 15 Jun 2023
Imprint: Sansom & Company
Description:
From sculpture to woodcuts, glass design to poetry, the work of German artist Egon Altdorf crossed boundaries. ‘Making culture behind the barbed wire’ was how Altdorf endured wartime captivity, inspiring a life dedicated to art that was innovative, spiritual and redemptive. Exhibiting in London alongside sculptors Barbara Hepworth, Lynn Chadwick and Reg Butler at the Unknown Political Prisoner exhibition (1953), he adopted an increasingly abstract approach, rooted in Biblical symbolism yet embracing different faiths, notably in designs for the outstanding interior of Wiesbaden’s new synagogue.
Kenneth Draper Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 248
ISBN: 9781915670038
Pub Date: 31 May 2023
Imprint: Sansom & Company
Description:
Kenneth Draper (b.1944) is one of the most innovative artists of his generation. For over six decades he has worked equally with sculpture, painting and drawing.
Peter Howson Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 112
ISBN: 9781915670052
Pub Date: 31 May 2023
Imprint: Sansom & Company
Description:
Peter Howson has established a formidable reputation as one of his generation's leading figurative painters. Many of his paintings derive inspiration from the streets of Glasgow, where he was brought up. He is renowned for his penetrating insight into the human condition, and his heroic portrayals of the mighty and the lowly.
Stanhope Forbes Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9781911408062
Pub Date: 01 Jun 2017
Imprint: Sansom & Company
Description:
Stanhope Alexander Forbes has always been known as ‘the Father of the Newlyn School’. His presence as its figure-head, guiding hand and representative to the wider world made him famous but this book celebrates his own work – the paintings he made through a long life lived in and around the fishing village of Newlyn. It marks the centenary of seventy years since his death in 1947 with the largest survey of his paintings ever produced.