Barbara Jones: The Unsophisticated Arts

Barbara Jones Unsophisticated Arts

The Unsophisticated Arts by Barbara Jones was first published in 1951, the same year that she curated the ‘Black Eyes and Lemonade’ exhibition for the Festival of Britain.


It was during the 1940s Barbara Jones set about documenting everyday art throughout Britain, visiting fairgrounds, tattoo parlours, taxidermists, houseboats, high street shops, seaside piers and amusement arcades. This revised and updated edition contains previously unpublished ephemera and art from Barbara Jones’ studio which include watercolour and pencil studies from her sketchbooks.


Capturing the mood and culture of postwar Britain, this book showcases the influences this era had on generations of artists and designers ever since.