The Snail that Climbed the Eiffel Tower & Other Work by John Minton
Artist(s): John Minton
Author(s): Martin Salisbury
Year published: October 2017
Publisher: Mainstone Publishing
Total Pages: 240
PLEASE NOTE: This title is available to pre-order and will be dispatched after publication in October 2017
JOHN MINTON (1917—1957) may be best known today as a gifted post-war painter of the nee-romantic movement, but he produced some of his most inspired work as a commercial illustrator. Remarkably, even as interest in mid-twentieth-century art and design has grown considerably in recent years, Minton’s prolific output as agraphic artist — achieved during a working life of little more than a. decade — has not gained the recognition it greatly deserves. One hundred years after his birth, this book gathers together for the ﬁrst time Minton’s commercial graphic 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 lit/ﬁt Tower demonstrates how John Minton set new standards in the graphic and commercial arts with an inimitable style that continues to hold appeal today.