Free shipping on all UK orders
Hardback208 PagesSize: 270 × 249 mm
Includes 120 colour and 50 b&w illustrations
ISBN: 9781848223783Publication: June 01, 2020

Shell Art & Advertising

Scott Anthony, Oliver Green and Margaret Timmers


£35.00 GBP

Available for preorder: this book will be shipped on its publication date of June 01, 2020

  • The first publication to comprehensively present and describe Shell's widely recognised artistic heritage
  • Highlights the work of key artists as well as Shell's patronage of the literary world and the work of its Film Unit
  • Establishes the significance of Shell's art and advertising within its historic, political, social and cultural contexts

This beautifully designed and illustrated book explores in detail Shell's remarkable archive of pictorial advertising art from its origins up to the 1960s. Shell has a well-established reputation for this artistic heritage, particularly from its 1930s heyday, but this is the first publication to present and describe it comprehensively.

Examinations of the historical, political and social contexts of Shell art and advertising enable the authors to assess the work's broader cultural significance. By delving into the ways in which Shell's publicity was conceived, commissioned, produced and disseminated, the particular contributions made by artists and designers including Paul Nash, Graham Sutherland, Ben Nicholson and Edward McKnight Kauffer are highlighted, while broader questions such as Shell's position within contemporary debates regarding the aesthetics and proper purpose of 'Commercial Art' are explored.

Drawing primarily on Shell's extensive poster collection, as well as other contemporary sources, Shell Art & Advertising provides valuable insights into the development of commercial art in the UK. Featuring a wealth of fascinating images, this original publication will appeal to a broad readership from fans of Modern British Art to cultural historians.
Back To Coming soon

Signup for our newsletter

Enter your email address for stock alerts, discounts, promotions and more!


We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue we'll assume that you are understand this. Learn more