Thank you Magda Bognar!
Brian Cook’s illustrations of Britain, its cottages, churches, villages, and landscapes, are now iconic and highlight the best of Britain. These iconic images were originally commissioned for Batsford book jackets in the 1930s, 40s and 50s. His heightened use of color and flat poster style has been much imitated but never surpassed.
Don’t miss Hidden Villages of Britain with Penelope Keith
Sir Brian Cook Batsford, artist lived 1910-1991.
Thank you Dame Penelope! Thank you Sir Brian!
Silverpoint (one of several types of metalpoint) is a traditional drawing technique first used by medieval scribes on manuscripts. A silverpoint drawing is made by dragging a silver rod or wire across a surface, often prepared with gesso or primer.
In the fourteenth century, Florentine artist Cennino Cennini wrote The Craftsman’s Handbook (Il Libro dell’ Arte) a fascinating and instructive handbook for aspiring artists of the period.
This is his advice on drawing in silverpoint:
His key advice: Do not fail, as you go on, to draw something every day, for no matter how little it is, it will be well worth-while, and will do you a world of good. (National Portrait Gallery)
Woman Wearing a Hood by Domenico Ghirlandaio, c.1485-90. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017
Ravilious painted almost entirely in watercolour. He was especially inspired by the landscape of the South Downs around Beddingham. He frequently returned to Furlongs, the cottage of Peggy Angus. He said that his time there “altered my whole outlook and way of painting, I think because the colour of the landscape was so lovely and the design so beautifully obvious … that I simply had to abandon my tinted drawings”. Some of his works, such as Tea at Furlongs, were painted there.
A Man with a Quilted Sleeve, an early portrait, c. 1509, National Gallery, London.
Tiziano Vecelli 1488 – 1576. known in English as Titian (“Tishen”), was an Italian painter, the most important member of the 16th-century Venetian school. He was born in Venice.
Watch how to create your own simple thaumatrope here.
A thaumatrope is an optical toy that was popular in the 19th century. A disk with a picture on each side is attached to two pieces of string or rubber band. When the strings are twirled quickly between the fingers the two pictures appear to blend into one due to the persistence of vision.
Examples of common thaumatrope pictures include a bare tree on one side of the disk, and its leaves on the other, or a bird on one side and a cage on the other. Many classic thaumatropes also included riddles or short poems, with one line on each side.
Thaumatropes can provide an illusion of motion with the two sides of the disc each depicting a different phase of the motion.
Thaumatropes are often seen as important antecedents of motion pictures and in particular of animation.