Posts Tagged ‘illustrations’

Illustrators at Guildford House

June 13, 2014
Eugene Onegin cover

Eugene Onegin cover

Eugene Onegin illustrations

Eugene Onegin illustrations

An exhibition of various illustrators.

Worth a visit for the Italian Folio edition of the Russian novel Eugene Onegin.

It is a pity Eugene Onegin is on display in a display case, as I would have loved to have looked through it, and to have handled the book.

Ballads, Stories, Legends & Songs

November 2, 2012
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).

The Children of the Poor

October 12, 2012
 Victoria Park - Edith Farmiloe

Victoria Park – Edith Farmiloe

The Children of the Poor is an exhibition in Guildford House of illustrations by Edith Farmiloe of children in the parishes of Soho and Hackney around 1895-1909.

Some of them, which are used here, are taken from the book Rag, Tag, and Bobtail (1899) which was illustrated by Edith Farmiloe with verse by Winifred Parnell.

The illustrations in Guildford House showed children playing a game where you hit a bicycle wheel down the street with a stick (I cannot recall what it is called), playing hopscotch.

Sadly I did not give the exhibition the attention it deserved as I was on my way to Godalming (a mistake).

Edith Farmiloe wrote about and illustrated the children who lived in the parishes of her husband, first in Soho, then in Hackney.

This was the world my grandparents grew up in as children.

The exhibition was like seeing the world of Charles Dickens brought to life.

She was a self-taught artist.

The exhibition in Guildford House, in the cobbled High Street in Guildford ends on Saturday 13 October 2012. It cries out for an extension.


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