Ballads, Stories, Legends & Songs

Ballads, Stories, Legends & Songs - Lawrence Heath

Ballads, Stories, Legends & Songs – Lawrence Heath

Ballads, Stories, Legends & Songs is an exhibition of illustrations by Lawrence Heath at the Guildford Institute in Guildford.

Many are illustrations for a forthcoming book on Surrey Folk Tales (The History Press: April 2013) by Janet Dowling. Some were album covers.

Most were what I could only describe as amazing woodcuts, or at least they were in the tradition of woodcuts.

For a few, he described what the illustrations were, but for the vast majority, it was describe the legend.

I only got a handful, and even then I do not know if I was correct. One appeared to be King Arthur pulling Excalibur out of the stone (I actually know King Arthur but not seen him lately). Another possibly George slaying the dragon. For the vast majority, I had not a clue what they were.

Printed sheets were available, on which you could have a guess, then pop it in a box. Whether this was just for fun or maybe win one of his illustrations, I am not sure.

Also available were printed postcards, very well produced, but somewhat bizarrely printed on both sides. Here he has lost a trick, print on one side and sell as postcards.

He also had postcards (again printed on both sides) for the exhibition, but sadly did not say what the illustrations were. The website printed on these cards an invalid website.

This is the most professional exhibition I have so far seen at the Guildford Institute. I hope he will exhibit again at Guildford House.

Ballads, Stories, Legends & Songs, Guildford Institute, 29 October to 16 November 2012.

Synchronicity: I was quite surprised to find Lawrence Heath was someone I was at university with, although I have no memory of him. Last week at the Guildford Book Festival, one of the authors I was also at university with (and was in my college), and as write presenting Newsnight (on which two people I know).

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One Response to “Ballads, Stories, Legends & Songs”

  1. Irene Shettle Says:

    Just for the sake of clarifying/identifying the picture at the head of your blog, the song which it was used to illustrate was “Bold Lankon”, a variant of the well-known murder ballad “Long Lankin”, which was collected in Dunsfold, Surrey in the 1890’s by Lucy Broadwood, the Victorian/Edwardian folksong collector and researcher. Hope you find this of interest.

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