David Gentleman: In the Country (2014) (Ronald Blythe)


ISBN: 9780957152854
Artist(s): David Gentleman
Author(s): David Gentleman
Format: hardback
Edition: First Edition
Year published: 2014
Publisher: Full Circle Editions
Total Pages: 272
Illustrations: Illustrated in colour throughout

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From the library of Ronald Blythe and with a loosely inserted card from the publisher which reads: ‘Dear Ronnie – I hope you will enjoy David G’s Love letter to Suffolk.

David Gentleman records in words and pictures his observations gathered over 35 years of inhabiting a 16th century end-of-terrace house on the edge of a small rural village in mid-Suffolk. It has provided a place where he could paint, surrounded by fields and woodland, next to a small stream, and where his wife, children and grandchildren could relish both rural and coastal life away from the city.

In the Country is an intimate portrait of a time and place observed by a masterly artist and writer with an unerring eye for domestic detail and the profusion of plant and animal life around him. He writes: ‘We hear ducks and moorhens in the stream and in our neighbours’ lake; there are rats, mice, voles and shrews that our cat catches, torments, tosses about, loses and then forgets; there are toads in the shed, crested newts in the cellar on the field in front of the house we see hares boxing, and foxes, muntjacs, pheasants and rabbits, and until recently, hedgehogs…’

While never claiming to be a study of the whole region, In the Country evokes a countryside which in many ways represents England as a whole. Seen through the eyes of an artist of international renown, it is an invitation to share his wealth of rural experience, capturing for readers a way of life at once transient and timeless.

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