Bevis Hillier


Going for a Song, by Bevis Hillier - extract

20 September 2014 9:00 am

An Anthology of Poems about Antiques, compiled and introduced by Bevis Hillier

Fans, 1924, by Georges Barbier

A book on Art Deco that's a work of art in itself — but where's the Savoy, Claridge's and the Oxo Tower? 

30 November 2013 9:00 am

Over the past 45 years, there have been two distinct and divergent approaches to Art Deco. One of them —…

‘An earnest swot with bat ears’: Roy Strong’s early self-portrait, aged 13, is reminiscent of David Hockney’s at a similar age

Self-portrait as a Young Man, by Roy Strong — review

30 March 2013 9:00 am

Eventually, all of Sir Roy Strong’s voluminous personal archive is going — like Alan Bennett’s — to the Bodleian Library…

‘Still Life with Fish’ by Picasso, 1922

The ‘ism’ that ruined the West

24 November 2012 9:00 am

In 1974, as editor of the Connoisseur magazine, I ran an ‘1874’ issue to mark the centenary of Winston Churchill’s…

Clay- Michael Cardew

Clay pride

17 November 2012 9:00 am

What a superb potter Michael Cardew was. What a fascinating, complex man. And what a lovely book this is. Next…

Quentin Massys’ famous painting  served as a model for Tenniel’s Duchess in Alice in Wonderland

… the bad, and the ugly

20 October 2012 9:00 am

At Oxford in 1960, I had history tutorials from Alan Bennett. Just before he shot to stardom in the revue…


Architectural bonsai

24 March 2012 12:00 pm

In the summer of 1961 I was in my second year at Magdalen College, Oxford with rooms in the 18th-century…


Wearing well

17 December 2011 8:00 pm

Born in the same year as John Lennon (1940), I was a sucker for the Beatles from the start. They…


Art Books: A sumptuous tour

19 November 2011 10:00 am

In 1930 Evelyn Waugh, already at 27 a famous novelist, spent two days in Barcelona. He came upon one of…


Stranger than fiction

15 October 2011 1:00 pm

Asked to review this book, which I was told was about encounters between unlikely pairs of people, I assumed it…


1951 and all that

18 June 2011 12:00 am

The author of this book and I both visited the 1951 Festival of Britain on London’s South Bank as schoolboys.


The Midas touch

23 April 2011 12:00 am

Now that we can read on Kindle and some people fear that paper-and-ink books will become extinct, one’s first impulse might be to say hurrah for this mighty production.


Exotica, erotica, esoterica . . .

18 December 2010 12:00 am

Bevis Hillier reviews the latest lavish volumes and discusses what makes a masterpiece

Oh Brother, where art thou?

25 September 2010 12:00 am

Benjamin Franklin had this ambition for his body: that after his death it should be reissued ‘in a new and more beautiful edition, corrected and amended by the author’.


Ready for take-off

19 May 2010 12:00 am

In 1969 John Gross wrote a justly praised book, The Rise and Fall of the Man of Letters.


Strawberry Hill forever

28 April 2010 12:00 am

When I became a cub reporter on the Times in 1963 (the front page was still covered with small-ads), an old sweat in the newsroom gave me two pieces of advice.


Fine artist, but a dirty old man

31 March 2010 12:00 am

I have always been sceptical of those passages in the ‘Ancestry’ chapters of biographies that run something like this: Through his veins coursed the rebellious blood of the Vavasours, blended with a more temperate strain from the Mudge family of Basingstoke.

A choice of art books

2 December 2009 12:00 am

Had I not been sent this year’s art books to review, the one I would most have liked to receive as a present would be Horace Walpole’s Strawberry Hill edited by Michael Snodin (Yale, £40).

In the best possible taste

28 October 2009 12:00 am

In 1968, aged 28, I wrote the first English book on art deco of the 1920s and 30s.

Fiery genius

16 September 2009 12:00 am

In July 1967, a young artist named John Nankivell, living in Wantage, plucked up the courage to knock on John Betjeman’s front door, in the same town, to show the poet (whom he had never met) some of his architectural drawings.

Fine feathers

15 July 2009 12:00 am

Faber and Faber: Eighty Years of Book Cover Design, by Joseph Connolly

Shrine of a connoisseur

7 April 2009 12:00 am

Sir John Soane’s Museum, London, by Tim Knox, photographs by Derry Moore

Highs and lows on the laughometer

26 November 2008 12:00 am

Just What I Always Wanted: Unwrapping the World’s Most Curious Presents, by Robin Laurance

A laughing cavalier

1 October 2008 12:00 am

Cartoons and Coronets: The Genius of Osbert Lancaster, introduced and selected by James Knox

A Scottish master of caricature

18 March 2008 12:00 am

Bevis Hiller on a new collection of John Kay's artworks