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Focus on Beaux Books

Posted on 30th May 2019

Independent bookseller working in the heart of Hampshire, Clare Trimming of Beaux Books, is dedicated to offering a bespoke selection of the finest books on subjects including fashion and society, photography and design, art and architecture, interiors and lifestyle.

Cecil Beaton, Irving Penn, Lee Miller, Richard Avedon and Guy Bourdin feature among photographers; Kandinsky and Malevich among artists.

Books published to accompany exhibition catalogues range from The Destruction of the English Country House (Roy Strong, Marcus Binney & John Harris) published in 1974 to coincide with an exhibition at the V&A, to the catalogue for the influential The New Generation exhibition in 1964 at the Whitechapel Art Gallery. The exhibition was sponsored by The Peter Stuyvesant Foundation and was intended to profile 12 up-and-coming artists under the age of 30 - David Hockney, Derek Boshier, Patrick Caulfield, Anthony Donaldson, John Hoyland, Paul Huxley, Allen Jones, Peter Phillips, Patrick Procktor, Bridget Riley, Michael Vaughan and Brett Whiteley. The cover shot was taken by Lord Snowden.

Beaux Books will be showing two volume The British Colour Council Directory of Colour Standards on its stand. A scarce colour sample book from 1934, the text lists each colour with additional notes and references to other standards, as well as charting the composition of each colour. Few copies survive as they were used extensively as working tools.

There will also be a delightful golden telegram with a design by Rex Whistler, sent by Phillip Sassoon and dated 10 October 1936.