Painter of Pedigree

Thomas Weaver of Shrewsbury Animal Artist of the Agricultural Revolution

Author: Lawrence Trevelyan Weaver

Publisher: Unicorn

ISBN: 9781910787670

Category: Animal painters

Page: 300

View: 3525

"The industrial and agricultural revolutions transformed the face of Britain. Fiery blast furnaces, pit-head steam engines and fuming lime-kilns scarred a landscape cut across by canals and turnpikes. Within enclosed pasture and parkland farm, sporting animals of improbable proportions and striking dimensions grazed by serpentine lakes before Palladian piles. One of the artists who depicted these prize bulls, pedigree sheep and thoroughbred stallions in Arcadian surroundings of bucolic tranquillity was Thomas Weaver of Shrewsbury. Travelling from country house to house to paint pedigree animals for pedigree people his journeys map the networks of kinship, patronage and social aspirations that linked the landed families and gentry of Georgian England."--

London Map of Days

Author: Michael Barratt

Publisher: Unicorn

ISBN: 9781910787755


Page: 372

View: 3145

The brainchild of Canadian-born, London-based artist, Mychael Barratt, LondonMap of Days is a miscellany of facts and fictions arranged around the events andcharacters of our capital city. Based upon an original and very limited eight-plateetching by Mychael, which was shown at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in2015, the book features 366 date specific references to events or people throughoutLondon's history. Highlights include: 17 December 1849 the first bowler hat wascreated by Thomas and William Bowlers; 3 December 1976 Pink Floyd's inflatable pigbreaks free from Battersea Power Station; 11 November 1920 Cenotaph on Whitehalldesigned by Edwin Lutyens is unveiled on Armistice Day.By tweeting each element and its story on a daily basis from January 2015, Mychael'swork has gained an international following for his light-hearted look at the The BigSmoke's fascinating history.

The Book of Mackay

Author: Angus Mackay

Publisher: N.A


Category: Clans

Page: 499

View: 1244


A Book about Doctors

Author: John Cordy Jeaffreson

Publisher: Library of Alexandria

ISBN: 1465533710

Category: Medicine

Page: 324

View: 6500


The Social Conscience of the Early Victorians

Author: F. David Roberts

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 0804780935

Category: History

Page: 584

View: 7636

In 1830, the dominant social outlook of the early Victorians was a paternalism that looked to property, the Church, and local Justices of the Peace to govern society and deal with its ills. By 1860, however, the dominant social outlook had become a vision of a laissez faire society that relied on economic laws, self-reliance, and the vigorous philanthropy of voluntary societies. This book describes and analyzes these changes, which arose from the rapid growth of industry, towns, population, and the middle and working classes. Paternalism did not entirely fade away, however, just as a laissez faire vision had long antedated 1830. Both were part of a social conscience also defined by a revived philanthropy, a new humanitarianism, and a grudging acceptance of an expanded government, all of which reflected a strong revival of religion as well as the growth of rationalism. The new dominance of a laissez faire vision was dramatically evident in the triumph of political economy. By 1860, only a few doubted the eternal verities of the economists’ voluminous writings. Few also doubted the verities of those who preached self-reliance, who supported the New Poor Law’s severity to persons who were not self-reliant, and who inspired education measures to promote that indispensable virtue. If economic laws and self-reliance failed to prevent distress, the philanthropists and voluntary societies would step in. Such a vision proved far more buoyant and effective than a paternalism whose narrow and rural Anglican base made it unable to cope with the downside of an industrial-urban Britain. But the vision of a laissez faire society was not without its flaws. Its harmonious economic laws and its hope in self-reliance did not prevent gross exploitation and acute distress, and however beneficent were its philanthropists, they fell far short of mitigating these evils. This vision also found a rival in an expanded government. Two powerful ideas—the idea of a paternal government and the idea of a utilitarian state—helped create the expansion of government services. A reluctant belief in governmental power thus joined the many other ideas that defined the Victorian’s social conscience.


Or, The Two Nations

Author: Benjamin Disraeli

Publisher: N.A



Page: 438

View: 8301


The Calamities and Quarrels of Authors

With Some Inquiries Respecting Their Moral and Literary Characters, and Memoirs for Our Literary History

Author: Isaac Disraeli

Publisher: N.A


Category: Authors

Page: 411

View: 3187


Fifty-Four Conceits

A Collection of Epigrams and Epitaphs Serious and Comic

Author: Martin Armstrong

Publisher: Unicorn

ISBN: 9781910787946

Category: English poetry

Page: 72

View: 494

Originally published in 1933, this is a charming book of verse written by Martin Armstrongand illustrated with wood-engravings from the skilled hands of Eric Ravilious.

A-Z of Typography

Classification, Anatomy, Toolkit, Attributes

Author: Karen Wilks,Liz Wyse

Publisher: Unicorn

ISBN: 9781910787922

Category: Type and type-founding

Page: 272

View: 8079

We are surrounded by type. Onscreen, in the newspaper, in books, on signage--everywhere we look we encounter a dizzying array of typefaces, myriad styles put to countless purposes. This visual introduction to typography can help us make sense of that welter--and, by making sense of it, begin properly to appreciate it. The book opens with an alphabetical run-through of a number of significant fonts, chosen to represent the typographic spectrum. In addition to looking at each font's historical context and design ethos, a pangram--a sentence that contains all the letters of the alphabet--showcases the entire alphabetic range of each font, while also offering pithy, amusing insights into its history and use. A later chapter dissects the letters of the English alphabet to reveal the anatomical structure of the letterforms, explaining terms such as bowl, crossbar, finial, ligature, and spur. An examination of the typographer's toolkit explains how type can be manipulated and arranged on the page to create an arresting design, while the final chapter examines the many signs, symbols, and punctuation marks that litter the printed page, created to endow printed text with additional meaning and nuance. A celebration of type in all its splendor, A-Z of Typography will educate novices while being guaranteed to enchant designers and type fans.

Hodge and His Masters

Author: Richard Jefferies

Publisher: Read Books Ltd

ISBN: 1473399033

Category: History

Page: 520

View: 9565

Originally published in 1880, this is a collection of essays by the English nature writer and novelist Richard Jefferies. We are republishing this work with a brand new introductory biography of the author with the aim of placing it in the context of his other writings. The following passage is an extract from the author's introduction: 'But the rapid progress of education in the villages and outlying districts is the element which is most worthy of thoughtful consideration. On the one hand, it may perhaps cause a powerful demand for corresponding privileges; and on the other, counteract the tendency to unreasonable expectations. In any case, it is a fact that cannot be ignored. Meantime, all I claim for the following sketches is that they are written in a fair and impartial spirit.'

Flavours of Azerbaijan

The Family Cooking Collection

Author: Khabiba Kashkay

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781910787847

Category: Cooking, Azerbaijani

Page: 864

View: 5500


Hemp Bound

Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Next Agricultural Revolution

Author: Doug Fine

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 1603585443

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

View: 3372

The stat sheet on hemp sounds almost too good to be true: its fibers are among the planet’s strongest, its seed oil the most nutritious, and its potential as an energy source vast and untapped. Its one downside? For nearly a century, it’s been illegal to grow industrial cannabis in the United States–even though Betsy Ross wove the nation’s first flag out of hemp fabric, Thomas Jefferson composed the Declaration of Independence on it, and colonists could pay their taxes with it. But as the prohibition on hemp’s psychoactive cousin winds down, one of humanity’s longest-utilized plants is about to be reincorporated into the American economy. Get ready for the newest billion-dollar industry. In Hemp Bound:Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Next Agricultural Revolution, bestselling author Doug Fine embarks on a humorous yet rigorous journey to meet the men and women who are testing, researching, and pioneering hemp’s applications for the twenty-first century. From Denver, where Fine hitches a ride in a hemp-powered limo; to Asheville, North Carolina, where carbon-negative hempcrete-insulated houses are sparking a mini housing boom; to Manitoba where he raps his knuckles on the hood of a hemp tractor; and finally to the fields of east Colorado, where practical farmers are looking toward hemp to restore their agricultural economy—Fine learns how eminently possible it is for this misunderstood plant to help us end dependence on fossil fuels, heal farm soils damaged after a century of growing monocultures, and bring even more taxable revenue into the economy than its smokable relative. Fine’s journey will not only leave you wondering why we ever stopped cultivating this miracle crop, it will fire you up to sow a field of it for yourself, for the nation’s economy, and for the planet.

Last Exit to Brooklyn

A Novel

Author: Hubert Selby

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1453235396

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 3405

“An extraordinary achievement . . . a vision of hell so stern it cannot be chuckled or raged aside.”—The New York Times Book Review A classic of postwar American literature, Last Exit to Brooklyn created shock waves upon its release in 1964 with its raw, vibrant language and startling revelations of New York City’s underbelly. The prostitutes, drunks, addicts, and johns of Selby’s Brooklyn are fierce and lonely creatures, desperately searching for a moment of transcendence amidst the decay and brutality of the waterfront—though none have any real hope of escape. Last Exit to Brooklyn offers a disturbing yet hauntingly sensitive portrayal of American life, and nearly fifty years after publication, it stands as a crucial and masterful work of modern fiction. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Hubert Selby Jr. including rare photos from the author’s estate.

Dickens and Popular Entertainment

Author: Paul Schlicke

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134997256

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

View: 5407

Dickens and Popular Entertainment is the first extended study of this vital aspect of Dicken's life and work. Ranging widely through showmen's memoirs, playbills, advertisements, journals, drawings and imaginative literature, Paul Schlicke explores the ways in which Dickens channelled his love of entertainment into incomparable artistry. Circus, fair, theatre and street performances provided the novelist with subject matter and with the sources of imaginative stimulus essential to his art. Splendidly illustrated with nineteenth-century engravings, many reprinted here for the first time, this study offers a challenging reassessment of Nicholas Nickleby, The Old Curiosity Shop and Hard Times. It shows the important place entertainment held in Dicken's journalism and presents an illuminating perspective on the public readings which dominated the last twelve years of his life.

Hereditary Genius

An Inquiry Into Its Laws and Consequences

Author: Sir Francis Galton

Publisher: N.A


Category: Genius

Page: 390

View: 7931


The Secret Life of the Georgian Garden

Beautiful Objects and Agreeable Retreats

Author: Kate Felus

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 1786720078

Category: History

Page: 272

View: 4138

Georgian landscape gardens are among the most visited and enjoyed of the UK’s historical treasures The Georgian garden has also been hailed as the greatest British contribution to European Art, seen as a beautiful composition created from grass, trees and water – a landscape for contemplation. But scratch below the surface and history reveals these gardens were a lot less serene and, in places, a great deal more scandalous. Beautifully illustrated in colour and black & white, this book is about the daily life of the Georgian garden. It reveals its previously untold secrets from early morning rides through to evening amorous liaisons. It explains how by the eighteenth century there was a desire to escape the busy country house where privacy was at a premium, and how these gardens evolved aesthetically, with modestly-sized, far-flung temples and other eye-catchers, to cater for escape and solitude as well as food, drink, music and fireworks. Its publication coincides with the 2016 tercentenary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, arguably Britain’s greatest ever landscape gardener, and the book is uniquely positioned to put Brown’s work into its social context.

A Separate Peace

Author: John Knowles

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476777039

Category: Fiction

Page: 204

View: 8102

An American classic and great bestseller for over thirty years, A Separate Peace is timeless in its description of adolescence during a period when the entire country was losing its innocence to World War II. Set at a boys' boarding school in New England during the early years of World War II, A Separate Peace is a harrowing and luminous parable of the dark side of adolescence. Gene is a lonely, introverted intellectual. Phineas is a handsome, taunting, daredevil athlete. What happens between the two friends one summer, like the war itself, banishes the innocence of these boys and their world.

Healthy Crops

A New Agricultural Revolution

Author: Francis Chaboussou

Publisher: Jon Carpenter Publishing


Category: Science

Page: 244

View: 1140

This work powerfully asserts the idea that rather than using pesticides, the key to helping crops resist attacks from pests is to improve their strength through natural processes. Many of industrial agriculture's fundamental principles for fighting disease, in particular the reliance on pesticides and fertilizers, are explained and convincingly challenged and a new set of guiding principles for an ecological agricultural system are presented as a genuine alternative to the widespread use of chemicals.