With Duncan Grant in Southern Turkey - Paul RocheLondon: Honeyglen Publishing, 1982, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. A little age-toning to the edges of the text block. Text complete, clean and tight.
Contains: Chronological tables ; Colour plates; Colour frontispiece;
From the cover: “When Paul Roche’s first book, The Rat and the Convent Dove, was about to be published in 1952, he asked Duncan Grant to illustrate it. Duncan forthwith went to the zoo and sketched rats, pigeons, deer, marmosets, baboons and the other various creatures that played their parts in it. The publishers, alas, found his drawings too exact and too beautiful to show off the wayward and fanciful animals of Roche’s tales. They did, however, adopt most of the blurb which the young Roche had also asked his friend to write, and it read: ‘In this book of tales and fables, which should not be swallowed in one gulp, Paul Roche expresses his delight in the unusual: the odd way things happen, rather than the way they might be thought to happen’.
Thirty years later, there could be no better description of Duncan Grant’s own exquisitely curious and distinct approach to all that made his life tragic, laughable, touching and perennially rich.
Calling upon their long friendship, Paul Roche uses the focus of their shared three-week sojourn in Turkey to reveal something of Duncan’s rare and original personality. He extends into words the Master’s own technique of building up a portrait by small cumulative touches, conveying contours not by outlining and defining them but by overlapping strokes which let the truth emerge in its own uniqueness. Paul Roche has succeeded in capturing not a little of the fragrance that is Duncan Grant: supreme artist, most lovable and least ‘Bloomsbury’ of all that famous circle of friends.”