The British Landscape 1920-1950
Author(s): Ian Jeffrey
Year published: 1984
Publisher: Thames and Hudson
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 112
Illustrations: Illustrated throughout in black and white and colour
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Drawing on his urivalled knowledge of the wonderful British landscape, and of its artists and illustrators in our century, Ian Jeffrey takes us on a visual tour of Britain. The reassuring idea of England as a pastoral land, an ancient countryside of verdant valleys, horses ploughing and genial farmers, was kept triumphantly alive in the yars that followed the First World War in the work of such artists as David Jones and Paul Nash, Gilbert and Stanley Spencer, Frances Hodgkins and Graham Sutherland. Alongside their tempting vision of rural bliss was a quite different, but equally appealing, spirit. As modern roads reached into the countryside and took with then the popular mothr-car, so began the great age of picnicking, touring, weekending and gold. A bright and brilliant band of artists and illustrators, among them McKnight Kauffer, conveyed their enthusiasm for the newly accessibly landscape in drawings and designs for the railways, for oil companies and publishing houses.
Here it all is, in a dazzling series of plates which are as delightful and warmly evocative for us today as they were for their original audience. Some of these images we will recognize, perhaps half remembered from childhood; all of them give us a very special expression of the Britain and its landscape that exist in our mind’s eye.