The British Landscape 1920-1950: With 150 Illustrations, 50 in Color - Ian JeffreyLondon: Thames & Hudson, 1984, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Contains: Colour plates ; Black & white plates ;
From the cover: “The Garden of England, Cottage in Dorset, September Hop-picking, Spring on the Hillside, Train Landscape. .. drawing on his unrivalled knowledge of the wonderful variety of the British landscape, and of its artists and illustrators in our century, Ian Jeffrey takes us on a visual tour of Britain which encompasses the farming scene, the manmade landscape, survivals from ancient times, the romantic and the intimate. 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 years 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 them the popular motor-car, so began the great age of picnicking, touring, weekending and golf. A bright and brilliant band of artists and illustrators, among them McKnight Kauffer, conveyed their enthusiasm for the newly accessible landscape in drawings and designs for the railways, for petrol 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.”