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Berger Prize 2024 Longlist announcement

The longlist for the 2024 Berger Prize was announced at the Walpole Society Summer Party on 28 June 2024, held at the London Library. 

The chair of the judging panel, Dr Jonny Yarker, expressed his delight at the number and quality of submissions received, and the wide array of topics covered by the authors. 

The nineteen longlisted titles are as follows:

Studio Ceramics: British Studio Pottery 1900 to Now (V&A)

Alun Graves

Thames & Hudson

Gwen John: Art and Life in London and Paris

Alicia Foster

Thames & Hudson, published to coincide with an exhibition curated by the author at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (13 May - 8 October 2023)

William Gillies: Modernism and Nation in British Art

Andrew McPherson

Edinburgh University Press

Art Without Frontiers: The Story of the British Council, Visual Arts, and a Changing World

Annebella Pollen


A Singular Man: A Documented Life of the Artist Frederick Sandys: 1829-1904

Betty Elzea


Leonora Carrington: Revelation

Carlos Martín, Stefan van Raay, Tere Arcq and Naja Rasmussen

Editorial RM

Claudette Johnson: Presence

Dorothy Price and Barnaby Wright (editors)

Paul Holberton Publishing, accompanies a major exhibition of work by British artist Claudette Johnson (b. 1959) at The Courtauld Gallery (29 September 2023 - 14 January 2024)

Scotland and the Origins of Modern Art

Duncan Macmillian

Lund Humphries

Borrowed Landscapes: China and Japan in the Historic Houses and Gardens of Britain and Ireland

Emile de Bruijn

Philip Wilson Publishers (Bloomsbury), in association with the National Trust

John Carr of York: Collected Essays

Ivan Hall, edited by Kenneth Powell

Paul Holberton Publishing

Black Atlantic: Power, People, Resistance

Jake Subryan Richards and Victoria Avery (editors)

Philip Wilson Publishers (Bloomsbury) in association with the Fitzwilliam Museum

The Rainbow’s Gravity: Colour, Materiality and British Modernity

Kirsty Sinclair Dootson

Paul Mellon Centre

Ways of Life: Jim Ede and the Kettle's Yard Artists

Laura Freeman

Jonathan Cape (Penguin)

Modelling the Metropolis: The Architectural Model in Victorian London

Matthew Wells

gta Verlag

Owen Jones and the V&A: Ornament for a Modern Age

Olivia Horsfall Turner

Lund Humphries, part of the V&A Nineteenth-Century Series

Shakespeare, Hogarth & Garrick: Plays, Painting and Performance

Robin Simon

Paul Holberton Publishing

Architecture in Britain and Ireland, 1530-1830

Steven Brindle

Paul Mellon Centre

Unmaking the East India Company: British Art and Political Reform in Colonial India, c. 1813–1858

Tom Young

Paul Mellon Centre

Knick-Knackery: The Deards family & their luxury shops 1685–1785

Vanessa Brett

Privately published

The panel of judges will meet in the autumn to select six titles to be shortlisted for the Berger Prize 2024. The winner will be announced at an event in November.


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