About Lund Humphries
Lund Humphries has been a leading publisher of illustrated art
books for 75 years, with a particular reputation in the field of
Modern British Art. The imprint has been
part of the Ashgate Publishing Group since
The origins of Lund Humphries lie with the Bradford printing
company Percy Lund, Humphries & Co, formed in 1895.
Although it was the publisher of The Penrose Annual, a
review of the graphic arts, from 1909, the real beginning of the
firm’s publishing activities dates from publication in 1939 of
Frank Lloyd Wright’s An Organic Architecture. By the 1940s
and 1950s Lund Humphries was publishing the first illustrated
monographs on the leading artists of the time, such as Henry Moore,
Ben Nicholson and Paul Nash. You can read Valerie Holman’s short
history of Lund Humphries publishers here.
We have consciously drawn on our early association with British
modernism in our development of the Lund Humphries publishing
programme, which continues to emphasise the major figures and
movements of 20th-century British art, as well as contemporary British and international art.
The Lund Humphries list today encompasses illustrated books for
art specialists, professionals and enthusiasts across all periods
and genres. We value high-quality design and reproduction, serious
but accessible writing, and unique collections of reference
Our new stream of publishing on art
business and markets is aimed at art-market professionals,
students and art collectors and introduces readers at all levels to
the fascinating workings of the art world.
As a pioneer of museum co-publications in the 1980s, Lund
Humphries regularly publishes in association with some of the major
museums and galleries worldwide. Visit our Partnerships page for more information.
For more information on how we work, or to download our proposal
guidelines, visit our Authors’ page.