British and Irish postwar murals 1945-2000
A Field Guide to Postwar Murals
by Lynn Pearson
(Blue House Books, December 2008),
is the first ever book
on these British postwar artworks. Featuring superb colour photography,
this handy 80-page guide to British mural art and where
to find it is
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copy of my paper
given at the
TACS Postwar Murals Study Day on 20th November 2007
at The Gallery, Cowcross Street, London -
A period of extraordinary fecundity: A survey of postwar murals
- this was based on my article 'Roughcast textures with cosmic
overtones: A survey of British murals, 1945-80' which was
published in the Decorative Arts Society Journal,
volume 31, 2007, pp 116-37. For a set of photos from my
presentation use this link to my
Postwar Murals Study
Day photos on Flickr.
from archive research, a literature survey, communication with
artists, and site visits.
It is as
comprehensive as possible until the mid 1980s, less so for later
works. This database is an educational resource and is under
development; it may therefore contain errors. It does not
include murals created for ocean liners. The columns reading
from the left are town, artist surname, first name, material
(see below), brief description, date of mural, county, whether
extant. Listing is by English county followed by Scotland,
Wales, NI and Ireland, with the unknowns coming at the end.
Inclusion of a building or structure on this website does not
mean that it is open to the public; you should always assume
there is no access. Lynn Pearson is not liable for any
inconvenience or damage arising from use of information on this
website. All material copyright
© Lynn Pearson 2013.
abbreviations: A ciment fondu, B brick, C concrete, E
embroidery/leather, F fibreglass, G glass, H tapestry, I
photograph, J collage, K metal, L plaster, M mosaic, O
plastic/formica, P painted, Q paper, R resin, S stone, T ceramic
tile/faience/terracotta, V vitreous enamel, W wood, Z terrazzo.
Final column, d = demolished, e = extant, u = unknown. Use the
link below to read or download the database (you will need
acrobat reader). Please report any errors to
In connection with the
Vulnerable Modernism symposium, Henry Moore
Institute, Leeds, 24 October 2008, here's the
special issue of TACS Glazed Expressions,
written by Penny Beckett, on
The Ceramic Murals of the Armada
Way Plymouth - be warned this is an 8MB download
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