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William Simmonds: The Silent Heart of the Arts and Crafts Movement

William Simmonds: The Silent Heart of the Arts and Crafts Movement

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Author: Douglas-Home, Jessica

Brand: Unicorn Publishing Group

Edition: 1st Edition

Binding: Hardcover

Number Of Pages: 350

Release Date: 03-09-2018

Details: Product Description This book uncovers the work of sculptor William Simmonds, one of the forgotten originals of the Arts and Crafts movement. Inspired by his pastoral surroundings in the Cotswolds, he played a particularly vital role in the movement between the two world wars. After the First World War Simmonds emerged as a master of woodcarving, known for his exquisite oak, pine, ebony and ivory carvings of wild and domestic creatures. He earned his living by making puppets and became Europe’s most renowned puppet master. His wife Eve, a well-known embroiderer in her own right, made the puppets’ costumes and accompanied the puppet shows on the spinet, playing early music discovered by Dolmetsch and pieces by Cecil Sharp and Vaughan Williams.  Simmonds’s circle included the artists William Rothenstein, Edwin Abbey, John Singer Sargent and E.H. Shepard; architects Ernest Gimson, Detmar Blow, and the Barnsley brothers; potters and stained-glass artists Alfred and Louise Powell and Edward Payne; and textile printers Barron and Larcher. Poets Tagore, W.H. Davies, John Masefield and John Drinkwater; writers Max Beerbohm and D.H. Lawrence; and the musicians Lionel Tertis and Violet Gordon Woodhouse with her ‘four husbands’ all played their part. This book documents that lost world and adds another dimension to the story of the extraordinary Violet Gordon-Wodehouse, who lived at Nether Lypiatt Manor a mile from Simmonds’s cottage. Review Douglas-Home s biography of Simmonds offers a marvellous wealth of detail, taking in Eve and William s background and social circle, William s unexpected war work, their startlingly catholic range of friendships and William s extraordinary successes in the 1920s and 1930s. She writes lyrically of the landscape and atmosphere of the Golden Valley of Gloucestershire. William Simmonds is an impressive achievement -- Tanya Harrod, Literary Review Jessica Douglas-Home s elegantly written new biography of this too overlooked artist brilliantly conveys to the reader that idealistic world of artists and makers -- Jeremy Musson, Country Life As a tribute to an unusual and gifted man, this book may have had a long gestation, but it s as much a masterpiece as the puppets. Clive Aslet, New Criterion "a wide-ranging, intelligent and fair assessment of the life and work of a much-respected English sculptor." --Alexander Adams From the Author Jessica Douglas-Home trained at Chelsea School of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art as a painter, etcher and theatre designer. She has had one-man shows in London, Washington and Brussels, and has also designed productions for the National Theatre and other West End theatres. Her first book, The Life and Loves of  Violet Gordon Woodhouse, the acclaimed biography of the musician Violet Gordon Woodhouse, appeared in 1996 and was nominated for a Whitbread prize. This, her fourth book, is on some ways a sequel, adding a new dimension to our understanding of the Arts & Crafts movement. Jessica Douglas-Home is also the author of A Glimpse of Empire and Once Upon Another Time, a book about her travels behind the Iron Curtain. She has written for The Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph, The Times, The Guardian, Standpoint, The Spectator, The Times Literary Supplement and The New Criterion. About the Author Jessica Douglas-Home trained at Chelsea School of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art as a painter, etcher and theatre designer. She has had one-man shows in London, Washington and Brussels, and has also designed productions for the National Theatre and other West End theatres. Her first book, The Life and Loves of  Violet Gordon Woodhouse, the acclaimed biography of the musician Violet Gordon Woodhouse, appeared in 1996 and was nominated for a Whitbread prize. This, her fourth book, is on some ways a sequel, adding a new dimension to our understanding of the Arts & Crafts movement. Jessica Douglas-Home is also the author of A Glimpse of Empire and Once Upon A

Package Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.6 x 1.4 inches

Languages: English