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Peter Lord

The Tradition

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This book will be released in October 2024.

Pre-orders are charged at time of order and the book will be posted to you as soon as it becomes available.

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Winner of Wales Book of the Year Creative Non-Fiction

‘A remarkable and important book’ – Murdo Macdonald, Planet

Peter Lord surveys the evolution of the visual culture of Wales from the Renaissance to the end of the twentieth century in this new, single-volume history. 

The author describes both how the work emerged from its Welsh historical context and was related to the art of other cultures. Revealing the many discoveries made since the first publication of The Visual Culture of Wales series in 1998, The Tradition is the only study now in print that encompasses the whole field of Welsh visual art.

The Tradition includes 400 high-quality, full-colour reproductions of many famous and esoteric Welsh artworks, from artists such as Augustus John, Ceri Richards, Christopher Williams and many more.

Peter Lord is considered to be the greatest living scholar on Welsh visual art and culture.

Includes new and expanded material not originally featured within Lord’s Visual Culture of Wales series. Written for everyone with an interest in the art and history of Wales.

It is published with the support of the National Library of Wales, National Museum of Wales, The Paul Mellon Foundation and the Welsh Books Council.



Peter Lord was born in Exeter in 1948, and now lives near Aberystwyth. Initially, he worked as a sculptor, designing several large-scale public works, notably the Hywel Dda Memorial at Whitland. However, in 1986 he decided to concentrate on writing about visual culture, and since then has published some twelve studies on various aspects of the subject. These include the three volumes of The Visual Culture of Wales (University of Wales Press, 1998-2003), regarded as the standard work on the subject. In 1999 he wrote and presented a seven-part series about Welsh visual culture, The Big Picture, for BBC Wales. He has lectured on Welsh art in Germany and the United States, where he was a visiting scholar at the British Art Center at Yale.