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Drawn to Nature – Gilbert White and the Artists

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'a delightful essay by Simon Martin on the various painters and printmakers who have illustrated White's book over the past century or so...This is a beautiful little volume' - Spectator

The natural world as seen through the eyes of British artists including Eric Ravilious, Clare Leighton, and John Piper

Since its publication in 1789, Gilbert White’s Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne has inspired generations of artists, writers and naturalists. From Thomas Bewick to Eric Ravilious and Clare Leighton, many artists' depictions of animals, birds and wildlife have illustrated White’s celebrated book, together providing a microcosm of natural history illustration from the eighteenth century until today. In Drawn to Nature, Simon Martin has gathered joyful and beautiful images of the extraordinary array of wildlife described by White, providing an insight into the continuing appeal and relevance of the Natural History.
 
This fascinating account takes us from some of the earliest published depictions of birds and animals, to pioneering nature photography, the revival of wood-engraving in the 1920s and 30s, and responses to White’s message about the natural world by contemporary illustrators such as Angie Lewin and Emily Sutton. The book also includes an introduction to the life of Gilbert White by Sir David Attenborough, an essay by Virginia Woolf, poems by modern and contemporary poets, and a jacket design by Mark Hearld.

Details
  • Author: Simon Martin, Director, Pallant House Gallery.
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Date published: November 2021
  • Language: English
  • Delivery: Allow 1-2 weeks for delivery
  • ISBN: 978-1869827755
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 14.0 cm
Reviews

'Rarely is [the Revd Gilbert White's] essential Englishness understood, but it comes across church-bell clear in the superb Drawn to Nature' - Country Life

'a delightful essay by Simon Martin on the various painters and printmakers who have illustrated White's book over the past century or so...This is a beautiful little volume' - Spectator

'a book that elegantly blends art history and biographical detail with a visual valentine to the English countryside' - Mail on Sunday

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