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Friday from the Library …

January 29, 2016

Earlier this week I attended an art class, as we chatted, during a break, the name Victor Ambrus came up. I don’t remember why, as we were drawing Roman artifacts found at the archaeological site, at Silchester now showing in Reading Museum.  

I had a vague recollection of Victor Ambrus as an illustrator of children’s books and had some examples in the Children’s Collection at Special Collections.  Returning to work on Tuesday I did a quick search and was delighted at these examples of his work.

Although the subject matter is not Roman, the intricate patterns and fine paint strokes lend themselves to the delicate jewelry and trinkets found in the the old Roman town. Now almost 2 millennium ago, we forget,  when the colours  of the dyes and jewels would have not yet faded.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Laura Bloomsbury permalink
    January 29, 2016 9:31 am

    charming illistrations – appreciate the introduction to Ambrus too – love both his brush work and the colours

    • January 29, 2016 10:19 am

      They are enchanting …

      • Laura Bloomsbury permalink
        January 29, 2016 11:35 am

        and I can normally spell illustrations too 😉

      • January 29, 2016 4:06 pm

        isn’t that funny … the mistakes we make and the whole world sees them and doesn’t notice except my work colleagues who spot a mistake at 100 paces xxx

  2. January 30, 2016 7:26 am

    Maybe someone recalled Victor Ambuss on Time Team on Channel 4, he sketched scenes of how life would have been in the archaeological sites they were excavating.

    btw I was in Reading Museum a week ago – mainly to see the Sense of Place exhibition, but we also looked at the Bayeux Tapestry and the Silchester exhibition. It’s a lovely museum!

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