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Penguin MODERN PAINTERS Series
with Penguin NEW ART



'MP' 1 - 20 with NEW ART 'MP' 21 - 24





This series began in April 1944 with MP1 Henry Moore by Geoffrey Grigson. Sir Kenneth Clark, who was then Director of the National Gallery, edited the series, which ended in January 1959, after 19 volumes were published.

The books were well illustrated in colour and monochrome, and were published in landscape format, with a page size of 6¾" x 8½" except for the final book MP20 on Georges Braque

The series was succeeded by PENGUIN NEW ART, aiming 'to introduce the work of younger artists who have already made an acknowledged contribution to contemporary art'. The first book was published in 1971 and featured the work of Frank Stella. The books were produced in 8¾" x 7¼" size. Only 4 volumes were issued (listed below), and all identified by the 'MP' prefix, nos. MP21 to MP24.



Information and cover photographs of the Penguin MODERN PAINTERS Series:
Number: MP1
Series No.: MP1
Title: HENRY MOORE
Author: Geoffrey Grigson
Series Editor: Sir Kenneth Clark
Illustrations 16 pages of colour plates and 16 pages of black and white plates
Date Published: April 1944 [printed 1943]
Pages: 16pp. + 32pp.
Printer: Hunt, Barnard and Co Ltd; Colour plates by John Swain and Sons Ltd
Price: 2/6d.
Number: MP2
Series No.: MP2
Title: GRAHAM SUTHERLAND
Author: Edward Sackville-West
Series Editor: Sir Kenneth Clark
Illustrations 16 pages of colour plates and 16 pages of black and white plates
Date Published: April 1944 (printed 1943)
Pages: 16pp. + 32pp.
Printer: Hunt, Barnard and Co Ltd; Colour plates by W. F. Sedgwick Ltd
Price: 2/6d.
Number: MP3
Series No.: MP3
Title: DUNCAN GRANT
Author: Raymond Mortimer
Series Editor: Sir Kenneth Clark
Illustrations 16 pages of colour plates and 16 pages of black and white plates
Date Published: April 1944
Pages: 16pp. + 32pp.
Printer: Hunt, Barnard and Co Ltd; Colour plates by W. F. Sedgwick Ltd
Price: 2/6d.
Number: MP4
Series No.: MP4
Title: PAUL NASH
Author: Herbert Read
Series Editor: Sir Kenneth Clark
Illustrations 16 pages of colour plates and 16 pages of black and white plates
Date Published: April 1944
Pages: 16pp. + 32pp.
Printer: George Pulman and Sons Ltd; Colour plates by John Swain and Sons Ltd
Price: 2/6d.
Number: MP5
Series No.: MP5
Title: MATTHEW SMITH
Author: Philip Hendy
Series Editor: Sir Kenneth Clark
Illustrations 16 pages of colour plates and 16 pages of black and white plates
Date Published: December 1944
Pages: 16pp. + 32pp.
Printer: Hunt, Barnard and Co Ltd; Colour plates by John Swain and Sons Ltd
Price: 2/6d.
Number: MP6
Series No.: MP6
Title: JOHN PIPER
Author: John Betjeman
Series Editor: Sir Kenneth Clark
Illustrations 16 pages of colour plates and 16 pages of black and white plates
Date Published: December 1944
Pages: 16pp. + 32pp.
Printer: Hunt, Barnard and Co Ltd; Colour plates by John Swain and Sons Ltd
Price: 2/6d.
Number: MP7
Series No.: MP7
Title: EDWARD BURRA
Author: John Rothenstein
Series Editor: Sir Kenneth Clark
Illustrations 16 pages of colour plates and 16 pages of black and white plates
Date Published: December 1945
Pages: 16pp. + 32pp.
Printer: John Swain and Sons Ltd; Colour plates by W. F. Sedgwick Ltd
Price: 2/6d.
Number: MP8
Series No.: MP8
Title: VICTOR PASMORE
Author: Clive Bell
Series Editor: Sir Kenneth Clark
Illustrations 16 pages of colour plates and 16 pages of black and white plates
Date Published: December 1945
Pages: 16pp. + 32pp.
Printer: John Swain and Sons Ltd; Colour plates by W. F. Sedgwick Ltd
Price: 2/6d.
Number: MP9
Series No.: MP9
Title: EDWARD BAWDEN
Author: J. M. Richards
Series Editor: Sir Kenneth Clark
Illustrations 16 pages of colour plates and 16 pages of black and white plates
Date Published: November 1947 (printed 1946)
Pages: 16pp. + 32pp.
Printer: The Baynard Press; Colour plates by John Swain and Sons Ltd
Price: 3/6d.
Number: MP10
Series No.: MP10
Title: STANLEY SPENCER
Author: Eric Newton
Series Editor: Sir Kenneth Clark
Illustrations 16 pages of colour plates and 16 pages of black and white plates
Date Published: September 1947
Pages: 16pp. + 32pp.
Printer: Silk and Terry Ltd; Colour plates by John Swain and Sons Ltd
Price: 3/6d.


Photograph of Dust Jacket also shown
Number: MP11
Series No.: MP11
Title: BEN SHAHN
Author: James Thrall Soby
Series Editor: Sir Kenneth Clark
American Editor: Alfred H. Barr, Jr.
Illustrations 16 pages of colour plates and 16 pages of black and white plates
Date Published: September 1947
Pages: 20pp. + 32pp.
Printer: The Baynard Press Ltd; Colour plates by John Swain and Sons Ltd
Price: 3/6d.
Date Published: September 1947

Photograph of alternative cover also shown
Published by: Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Penguin Books
This appears to be an alternative printing, presumably geared at the American market
Price: No price given
Number: MP12
Series No.: MP12
Title: WILLIAM NICHOLSON
Author: Robert Nicholls
Series Editor: Sir Kenneth Clark
Illustrations 16 pages of colour plates and 16 pages of black and white plates
Date Published: December 1948
Pages: 16pp. + 32pp.
Printer: The Baynard Press Ltd; Colour plates by John Swain and Sons Ltd
Price: 3/6d.


Photograph of Dust Jacket also shown
Number: MP13
Series No.: MP13
Title: BEN NICHOLSON
Author: John Summerson
Series Editor: Sir Kenneth Clark
Dust Cover Illustration: Painted Relief
Illustrations 16 pages of colour plates and 16 pages of black and white plates
Date Published: August 1948
Pages: 16pp. + 32pp.
Printer: Silk and Terry Ltd; Colour plates by John Swain and Sons Ltd
Price: 3/6d.
Cover made of stiff card; brown colour.


Photograph of Dust Jacket also shown
Number: MP14
Series No.: MP14
Title: FRANCES HODGKINS
Author: Mary Myfanwy Evans (Piper)
Series Editor: Sir Kenneth Clark
Illustrations 16 pages of colour plates and 16 pages of black and white plates
Date Published: December 1948
Pages: 20pp. + 32pp.
Printer: The Baynard Press; Colour plates by W. F. Sedgwick Ltd
Price: 3/6d.
An alternative version, made with blue/grey cover and Dust Jacket with Wings on Water (1935), was produced for 5/-


Photograph of Dust Jacket also shown
Number: MP15
Series No.: MP15
Title: DAVID JONES
Author: Robin Ironside
Series Editor: Sir Kenneth Clark
Illustrations 16 pages of colour plates and 16 pages of black and white plates
Date Published: April 1949
Pages: 20pp. + 32pp.
Printer: The Baynard Press; Colour plates by W. F. Sedgwick Ltd
Price: 3/6d.
Number: MP16
Series No.: MP16
Title: PAUL KLEE
Author: Douglas Cooper
Series Editor: Sir Kenneth Clark
Illustrations 16 pages of colour plates and 16 pages of black and white plates
Date Published: July 1949
Pages: 16pp. + 32pp.
Printer: Hazell, Watson and Viney Ltd; Colour plates made by The Sun Engraving Co Ltd and printed by John Swain and Sons Ltd
Price: 3/6d.
Number: MP17
Series No.: MP17
Title: IVON HITCHENS
Author: Patrick Heron
Series Editor: Sir Kenneth Clark
Illustrations 16 pages of colour plates and 16 pages of black and white plates
Date Published: November 1955
Pages: 16pp. + 32pp.
Printer: Hunt, Barnard and Co Ltd; Colour plates by John Swain and Sons Ltd
Price: 7/6d.
This book (MP17) was originally intimated as being Edward Ardizzone by V. S. Prichett


Photograph of Dust Jacket also shown
Number MP18
Series No.: MP18
THIS NUMBER (No. MP18) WAS NOT USED.

A new book was announced as S.O.S. Pedro Figari by C. Denby Miller, but was never published.
Number MP19
Series No.: MP19
Title: EDWARD HOPPER
Author: Lloyd Goodrich
Series Editor: Sir Kenneth Clark
American Editor: Alfred H. Barr Jr
Illustrations 16 pages of colour plates and 16 pages of black and white plates
Date Published: February 1950 [printed date: 1949]
Pages: 20pp. + 32pp.
Printer: The Baynard Press; Colour plates by John Swain and Sons Ltd
Price: 3/6d.
Number MP20
Series No.: MP20
Title: GEORGES BRAQUE
Author: John Richardson
Illustrations 16 pages of colour plates and 16 pages of black and white plates
Date Published: January 1959
Pages: 32pp. + 32pp.
Printer: Tillotsons Ltd
Price: 8/6d.
This volume was published in the vertical or 'portrait' format.
Number MP21
Penguin NEW ART
Series No.: MP21
Title: FRANK STELLA
Author: Robert Rosenblum
Date Published: 1971
Design by Gerald Cinamon
Date Published: 1971
Pages: 64pp.
Printer: made in the USA
Price: 90p 18/-
Number MP22
Penguin NEW ART
Series No.: MP22
Title: PATRICK CAULFIELD
Author: Christopher Finch
Edited: by Richard Morphet
Design by Gerald Cinamon
Date Published: 1971
Pages: 64pp.
Printer: made in the USA
Price: 90p 18/-
Number MP23
Penguin NEW ART
Series No.: MP23
Title: ROBYN DENNY
Author: David Thompson
Design by Gerald Cinamon
Date Published: 1971
Pages: 64pp.
Printer: Filmset in 'Monophoto' Univers by Photoprint Plates Ltd; Colour by Van Leer, Amsterdam
Price: 90p 18/-
Number MP24
Penguin NEW ART
Series No.: MP24
Title: CLAES OLDENBURG
Author: Ellen H. Johnson
Design by Gerald Cinamon
Date Published: 1971
Pages: 64pp.
Printer: made in the USA
Price: 90p 18/-


Grateful Thanks: The above book cover images of the Penguin Modern Painters series were taken at the Centre for Research Collections, University of Edinburgh Library, and the Penguin New Art series at the Mitchell Penguin Collection, University of Stirling Library.




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