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The Snail that Climbed the Eiffel Tower and Other Work by John Minton
bookposted on 2023-07-26, 15:15 authored by Martin C. Salisbury
JOHN MINTON (1917—1957) may be best known today as a gifted post-war painter of the neo-romantic movement, but he produced some of his most inspired work as a commercial illustrator. One hundred years after his birth, this book gathers together for the ﬁrst time Minton’s commercial work, including many rare and previously unseen pieces, to celebrate a major force in the distinguished history of British illustration. As Britain emerged from World War II, a new spirit of romanticism prevailed across many areas of the arts, especially in painting and illustration. Minton’s versatility led to commissions spanning book illustration, dust-jacket design, illustrations for magazines, journals and advertising, and posters for companies such as ﬁlm studios and airlines. Martin Salisbury explores the wide range of Minton’s work, from stamp and wallpaper designs to the vibrant, evocative illustrations he created for Elizabeth David’s ﬁrst two groundbreaking cookery books, Presenting over 350 examples of Minton’s elegant, seemingly effortless draughtsmanship, The Snail that Climbed the Eiffel Tower demonstrates how John Minton set new standards in the graphic and commercial arts with an inimitable style that continues to hold appeal today.
Number of pages240
Place of publicationNorwich, UK