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The Cornish Wonder - a Portrait of John Opie
by Viv Hendra

ISBN: 978 185022 216 3
210x147mm - 220 pages

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JOHN OPIE: THE CORNISH WONDER, the greatest of all the Cornish artists is an almost legendary figure. He is the classic eighteenth century carpenter’s boy whose life was transformed by genius; the Cornish peasant lad who went to seek his fortune in London and became so famous that he was buried with honour in St Paul’s Cathedral among the nation’s greatest and best. He was an important artist in that golden age of Reynolds, Gainsborough and Lawrence. Fashionable people crowded to the studio home of the young man they called ‘The Cornish Wonder’ and he was the talk of London. He reached the highest levels of the art establishment when he became the Professor of Painting at the Royal Academy and he influenced a generation at precisely the moment when England could justly claim to have an internationally important School of Painting for the first time in its history.

His legacy of hundreds and hundreds of paintings can be found in national museums and art galleries from the Louvre to the Hermitage, Philadelphia to Budapest; his great historical paintings created memorable and lasting images of crucial moments in history; his portraits capture an incomparable range of the faces of a generation, his prints were sold in thousands and taken across the world. He is in the Tate Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery and the Royal Collection, in reference books, encyclopaedias, lists of important portraits, lists of great artists, lists of great Cornishmen, even lists of quotations - yet most people have never heard of him.

This masterly biography, the first for nearly a hundred years tells the story of Opie, his disasters and his triumphs in a very personal way and does much to bring Opie’s significance to a contemporary audience.

16 colour illustrations

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Letters from Lamledra
by Majorie Williams - edited by Cassandra Phillips

ISBN: 978 185022 203 3
210x147mm - 158 pages

REDUCED!  Letters from Lamledra is a local treasure trove of wartime letters and diaries.

The larger part of the book consists of selections from Marjorie Williams’ daily letters in 1914-1918 to her husband John Fischer Williams while she was living in the newly-built Lamledra (the house near Gorran Haven, Cornwall), and he was working in London. The letters record her life there with her children – the struggles to grow vegetables, the local gossip, the sightings of U-boats, her love for her husband and the continuous beauty of the Cornish coast.

The book also includes her poignant 1939-1941 “War journal” which she wrote in Lamledra during the Second War when she was almost single-handedly growing large quantities of vegetables to help the war effort and looking after her elderly husband.

Marjorie Williams was not only a writer and gardener – she was also a highly accomplished artist, and the book is illustrated by her watercolours and etchings of Gorran and its surroundings over 90 years ago and by photographs of the family.

The book is introduced and edited by Marjorie's grand-daughter, Cassandra Phillips.   

A rare treasure trove of letters and diaries recording day-to-day family life on an isolated Cornish headland with three small children, a potato patch, orchard and kitchen garden against a background of chaotic destruction in Europe and guns booming at sea. Anyone who loves Cornwall will love this magical book by Marjorie Williams, whose writing is as clear, crisp and fresh as the watercolours she made of the fields, farms and fishing villages round about.
Hilary Spurling

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A Vision of Paradise
by John Dyer

ISBN: 978 185022 207 1
230x230mm - 72 pages

REDUCED!   John Dyer is one of Cornwall's best loved artists. Here the range of his 'sunshine through a window' is illustrated and discussed by Brian Stewart.