Peter Blake: Under Milk Wood (De Luxe Edition) SIGNED

ISBN: 9781907587610
Artist(s): Peter Blake
Author(s): Dylan Thomas
Format: hardback
Year published: 2013
Publisher: Enitharmon Editions
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 176
Illustrations: Illustrated throughout in colour

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Published to mark the centenary of Dylan Thomas’s birth.

The De Luxe edition consists of 100 clothbound copies, each accompanied by a signed original print ‘The Sailors’ Arms’ by Peter Blake, bound by Shepherds, Sangorski & Sutcliffe, with the book and print housed in solanders made by Ludlow Bookbinders.

Print measures 29.7cm x 39cm. Stochastic aqueous pigment on Da Vinci Soft Textured 315gsm fine art paper.

Internationally acclaimed for its eccentricity and widely admired for its lovelorn lyricism, Dylan Thomas’s groundbreaking 1954 ‘play for voices’, Under Milk Wood, has long echoed in the imagination of the founding father of British Pop Art, Sir Peter Blake. An obsession that has spanned almost thirty years, this ‘greenleaved sermon on the innocence of men’ has filled the spaces of Blake’s studio, played and replayed on broadcast recordings, and prompted several pilgrimages to Thomas’s creative refuge at Laugharne, Carmarthenshire.

All is ‘strangely simple and simply strange’ in the sleepy Welsh seaside town of Llareggub, as the dreams, fantasies and realities of the inhabitants unfold across the cycle of one spring day. At once a lively and humorous depiction of the butchers, bakers, preachers and children, of Captain Cat, Nogood Boyo and Polly Garter – with a ribaldry in which Blake delights – it is also a modern pastoral tale on a Chaucerian scale, a quest for innocence and purity of utterance in a ‘darkest-before-dawn’ world.

Revealed here for the very first time with the definitive play text are the ‘dismays and rainbows’ of this great artist’s richly detailed sequences of 110 watercolours, pencil portraits and collages, comprising one of his most distinctive and significant single bodies of work.


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