Lilian Somerville: The Woman Behind the Post-War British Art Boom (2022)

ISBN: 9781838007676
Artist(s): Lilian Somerville
Format: paperback
Edition: First Edition
Year published: 2022
Publisher: Osborne Samuel
Publisher Location: London
Illustrations: Profusely illustrated


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In the course of many exhibitions of post war British art curated at Osborne Samuel, one name would continually arise – that of Lilian Somerville. She was the Director of the British Council’s Fine Arts Department from 1948 to 1970, the doyenne of pivotal Venice and São Paulo Biennales and curator of numerous British Council led touring exhibitions. Letters and documents written by her or to her exist in huge files at the National Archives, the British Council and in countless artists’ archives. Her influence at home and internationally was extensive and profound on the landscape of post war British art.

Curiously however, until now, there has not been an exhibition or publication dedicated to her work , unlike male colleagues of the same generation.


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