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The Sketchbook War: Saving the Nation's Artists in World War II [Hardcover]

Richard Knott
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1 Jun 2013
During the Second World War, British artists produced over 6,000 works of war art, but this is not a book about art, rather the stories of nine courageous war artists who ventured closer to the front line than any others in their profession. Edward Ardizzone, Edward Bawden, Barnett Freedman, Anthony Gross, Thomas Hennell, Eric Ravilious, Albert Richards, Richard Seddon, and John Worsley all travelled abroad into the dangers of war to chronicle events by painting them. They formed a close bond, yet two were torpedoed, two were taken prisoner and three died, two in 1945 when the war was nearly over. Men who had previously made a comfortable living painting in studios were transformed by military uniforms and experiences that were to shape the rest of their lives, and their work significantly influenced the way in which we view war today. Portraying how war and art came together in a moving and dramatic way, and incorporating vivid examples of their paintings, this is the true story behind the war artists who fought, lived and died for their art on the front line of the Second World War. RICHARD KNOTT is a historian and English teacher. He has written several books on the Second World War and articles for the Independent and The Times Educational Supplement. He has long been fascinated by how our view of warfare is shaped by art.

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (1 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752489232
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752489230
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 322,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Knott is a historian and English teacher. He has written several books on the Second World War and articles for the" Independent" and "The Times Educational Supplement." He has always been fascinated by how our view of warfare is shaped by art.

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5.0 out of 5 stars What a good read! 25 Oct 2013
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Really enjoyable! The author skilfully weaves several well-researched strands into a gripping and fascinating narrative. The book is profusely illustrated with contemporary photographs and colour reproductions of the war artists' work. The lively and fluent style carries the story forward with relentless purpose, and the commentary on the paintings and drawings themselves is very perceptive. Finishing this book was like saying goodbye to old friends!
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