The Simple Life: C.R. Ashbee in the Cotswolds

Artist(s): C.R. Ashbee etc
Author(s): Fiona MacCarthy
Format: paperback
Edition: First Edition
Year published: 1988
Publisher: Lund Humphries
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 208
Illustrations: Profusely illustrated in black and white

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Paperback.  In the spring of 1902, when the back-to-the-land movement was at its height, an exodus began to Chipping Campden in the Cotswolds. East End London workmen – jewellers, silversmiths, enamellers, cavers, modellers, blacksmiths, cabinet-makers, book-binders and printers – fled from the rushed and crowded life of the big city to a rural idyll of craftsmanship and husbandry which was, at the time, all good socialists’ dream. This book traces its fortunes and misfortunes, hilarious and grave, and the many eccentrics, idealists and men of letters and the arts who were involved, including William Morris, Roger Fry, Mrs Patrick Campbell, Edward Carpenter, Holman Hunt, Frank Lloyd Wright, Lowes Dickinson and Sidney and Beatrice Webb.

Condition: some light spotting to prelims, otherwise very good.


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