The Snail that Climbed the Eiffel Tower and Other Work by John Minton

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The Snail that Climbed the Eiffel Tower & other Work by John Minton by Martin Salisbury / ISBN 9780957666535 / 240-page hardcover with jacket, 10 x 12 inches, published by The Mainstone Press


"In a time when we are so used to viewing images at speed on devices, there’s something to be said for taking them in via the slower medium of a substantial, well-designed book. We have author, Martin Salisbury, to thank for compiling this affectionate yet not uncritical review of John Minton’s illustration and fine art output."--AOI (Association of Illustrators) - March 2, 2018

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.

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