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Hardback 208 Pages / Published: 18/10/2012
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English Graphic is a book of essays on the subject of illustration, with the focus entirely on English artists using graphic media; drawings, prints and watercolours. The pieces are largely drawn from Tom Lubbock's weekly Great Works column for the Independent, with some longer pieces originally published as reviews or catalogue essays. The historical span of the book is broad - from the Uffington White Horse to the Winchester Psalter Hellmouth to Harry Beck's London Underground Map and beyond. The high point of English Graphic art in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century makes up the heart of the book, with Fuseli, Blake, Bewick and Palmer all the subject of extended essays. The fifty or so images range from the visionary to the empirical, from folk art to caricature. Connecting and overlapping ideas on line and shape run through the book; maps, islands, clouds, swarms, wombs, skins, dots, contours and boundaries. Energetic, coherent and strange, English Graphic presents an electrical storm of ideas and illuminations provocatively argued by one of our most brilliant writers on art.

Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9780711233706
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 794 g
Dimensions: 218 x 165 x 25 mm


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'Lubbock's prose style is also, in its own way, quintessentially English ... it makes a refreshing change from those critics who seek to obfuscate with sesquipedalian logorrhoea ... a remarkable thematic focus [is] on display - all the more so given that Lubbock was sadly unable to oversee this book to its completion ... A fitting tribute.' The World of Interiors 'Lubbock writes insightful mini-essays that reflect a fine eye, literate sensibility, and voracious curiosity. Recommended.' Choice (Current reviews for Academic Libraries) 'An endlessly lively and surprising book ... a virtuoso display of variety in essay technique' - Julian Bell in the Guardian This is the perfect bed- or bog-sized book. Forty pungent, witty and erudite bites-size illustrated essays, each of two or three pages, range broadly over all aspects of British graphic art. Country Life

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