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History

The origins of Lund Humphries lie with the Bradford printing company Percy Lund, Humphries & Co, formed in 1895. Although it was the publisher of The Penrose Annual, a review of the graphic arts, from 1909, the real beginning of the firm’s publishing activities dates from the publication in 1939 of Frank Lloyd Wright’s An Organic Architecture. By the 1940s and 1950s Lund Humphries was publishing the first illustrated monographs on the leading British artists of the day: Henry Moore, Ben Nicholson and Paul Nash and, later, Barbara Hepworth. Recent years have seen collaborations with many international museums, galleries and contemporary artists. You can read publishing historian Valerie Holman’s short history of Lund Humphries here.

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