Publications and Shop

There is no actual on-line shop, apologies if that is misleading. But we are selling a few things directly: publications, and most recently prints, certificates, and even pictures occasionally. For all items contact us on

1. Publications

Petit’s Tours of Old Staffordshire

The first book on Petit, focusing especially on his art from Staffordshire and in the form of tours that anyone can follow, came out in March 2019. Below is the flyer for it. The book can be ordered direct from or from us directly, or found at numerous bookshops across Staffordshire and St Peter’s giftshop in Wolverhampton. Cost £14 plus p&p

  • Reviews of the book (all favourable) have been published by:
    • The British Art Journal
    • The Historian
    • The Black Countryman
    • Select (a Wolverhampton magazine)
    • Ancient Monument Society Newsletter
    • Staffordshire Newspapers covering Stafford, Stone, Stoke, Uttoxeter, Leek, Lichfield, and Asbourne (Derbyshire)
  • The book was long-listed for the William MB Berger 2020 prize for art books published during 2019

Other Recent Publications

About St Philip’s Caerdeon:

British Listed Buildings about St Philip’s Caerdeon, available on-line see

Article on Petit’s Church by Rachel Morley, Director, Friends of Friendless Churches. Available on-line : see:

Academic Articles:

1. ‘The Beauty of Churches’ November 2017 (volume 18, no2) article in the British Art Journal ( is the first serious overview of his artistic achievements and illustrates how his style developed over his career.  Available for copying and postage charge from us

2. ‘Standing up to the Neo-Gothicists’ Ecclesiology Today, journal of the Ecclesiological Society ( July 2018 vol 55-56 issue. This assesses his contribution to architectural thought and especially his emphasis on preservation, originality, and beauty. Available for a copying and postage charge from us

3. ‘ J L Petit Lost Progressive Artist’ Forthcoming 2021 British Art Journal, demonstrates how Petit moved in a different direction to the rest of British art in the mid-19th Century, between Turner and the continental impressionists. Not yet available.

Petit’s Works

For a copying charge we can make copies or send out images of pages of articles. Petit’s books are often listed on Abe Books. Sometimes we can help with finding a copy. The main research libraries have a selection.

2. Art Related Sales

A very recent development, we have sold a few artworks, and also offer certificates of authenticity where requested. We aim to do this purely in situations where this furthers the aim of the Petit Society, ie to promote Petit’s reputation. Since our collection is now more than large enough to meet any exhibition request or to leave to a museum in future, it is better that pictures which we do not need to use be enjoyed by a Petit supporter, and those that we do need to keep are made available in limited edition prints.

Limited Edition Prints

Almost any of our Petit artworks can be copied as a limited edition print . However the process for creating one which closely matches the original is time-consuming. We charge £50 for a print of a drawing and £100 for a print of a watercolour. All prints are limited to a run of 50 or 100.


Petits still appear at local auctions or on ebay, although much less frequently than 5 years ago. These are more often than not poorer quality, damaged by sun light and often not even by J L Petit. Where we have sold pictures they are of good or very good quality, guaranteed by ourselves, at prices reflecting our assessment of Petit as a major artist of the 19th century. This started in order to raise funds to buy the important albums of drawings. Any sales proceeds will be used to further the Society’s aims.


We will continue to provide informal quick opinions on images sent to us by email. On occasion we have been asked for a formal certificate of authenticity. In cases where we can provide this (ie we have no doubt) we make a charge of £12, for the half hour or so it takes to write it up, print and send it out. Size A6 (one quarter of an A4 page).

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