Thames & Hudson was founded in 1949 by Walter and Eva Neurath. Their
passion and mission for T&H was that its books should reveal the world of
art to the general public, to create a ‘museum without walls’ and to make
accessible to a broad, non-specialist reading public, at prices it could
afford, the research and the findings of top scholars and academics. To capture
the essence of this international concept, the name for the company linked the
rivers flowing through London and New York (although Walter later admitted he
could have chosen at least six other rivers for the name!).
Thames & Hudson has always prided itself on the very high standards of the
books it produces, both in content and quality of production, and attracts many
authors, artists, designers, illustrators and photographers who are
distinguished in their own fields.
There is a sister company, Thames & Hudson Inc., based in New York and
subsidiary companies in Melbourne, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Thames & Hudson publishes approximately 180 new titles each year and has a
current backlist of over 2000 titles. The company specializes in the arts
(fine, applied, decorative, performing), archaeology and history, architecture,
design, photography, travel and popular culture, but also publishes in a
variety of other areas, especially those of visual interest.