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Friday’s Library Snapshot

March 7, 2014

This week I received the winter issue of the Illustration,  it is published 4 times a year.  I have not read it fully yet but there is plenty for me to enjoy. However, glancing through I came across a picture by Barbara Jones who I have featured before on a Friday.  

Barbara Jones studied at the RCA and worked as a muralist, illustrator and writer of books.  She was a major contributor to ‘Recording Britain’ and it is in reference to this that she featured in the Illustration journal.   

In the 1930s a landmark project was begun to record various aspects of the English landscape that looked likely to vanish in the near future.  Professional and amateur artists chose an eclectic mix of historical buildings and rural countryside and created images in pencil, pen and ink  and water colour.  The results were published after the war but later they were largely forgotten.

Now a touring exhibition is bringing the original artworks back to the regions  and reminding us of places and scenes now consigned to history.

The Recording Britain exhibition will be at the Cecil Higgins Gallery in Bedford until the 20th March 2014.

Further Reading

The School prints ; a romantic project by Ruth Artmonsky

English fairs and markets by William Addison with illustrations by Barbara Jones


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