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Recent UK press coverage DECEMBER 2013

Reviews of Scala books in the Art Newspaper, Spectator, Daily Mail and World of Interiors

In The Art Newspaper Stephen Lloyd examined Scala’s Director’s Choice series in which the directors of museums and other collections make a personal choice from their works of art. He acclaimed ‘a highly pleasurable new series’ which now numbers 14 titles in print, published for institutions in the UK, continental Europe and the USA. Lloyd focused on British collections, praising in particular the volume by David Gaimster, ‘whose often quirky choices of artefacts in The Hunterian at the University of Glasgow provide compelling narratives’, and the ‘masterclass’ on The National Gallery London written by Nicholas Penny: ‘This exquisite miniature of a publication sets the benchmark for future contributions.’ Just published in the popular series is Chatsworth, written by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and two more volumes will follow early in 2014.

In The Spectator’s roundup of Books of the Year, Paul Johnson chose A Crisis of Brilliance, David Boyd Haycock’s catalogue of the exhibition held at Dulwich Picture Gallery this summer: ‘I cite it for many reasons but especially because it reveals what a fine artist, particularly as a painter of portraits, Dora Carrington was.’

Adam Chadwick’s A Portrait of Lord’s has received a number of fine reviews. The leading cricket historian David Frith relished it as ‘glorious, with much that is new; something of a masterpiece’. The Daily Mail simply stated: ‘You’ll be bowled over.’

Meanwhile the latest issue of World of Interiors has a photo feature on the Wall Paintings of Eton, subject of the book written by Emily Ryan, Henrietta McBurney, David Park, Stephen Rickerby and Lisa Shekede, which earlier this year won the 2013 William MB Berger Prize for British Art History.