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Lark Rise

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Lark Rise

‘Lark Rise’ is an exhibition of a recently (2009) commissioned set of new interpretative illustrations to the now classic work of English rural life Lark Rise to Candleford together with a series of contemporary photographs (c1880-1910), newly printed from the originals.

The artist, Sue Scullard, graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1983 and is a member of the prestigious Society of Wood Engravers. As an illustrator, print maker and designer her work characteristically seeks out and explores qualities of pattern and texture in her subjects. A master draughtswoman her command of perspective is second to none and inspires much of her work. ‘Lark Rise to Candleford’ is her latest series of illustrations to works of importance in the English Language which include ‘The Canterbury Tales’, ‘The Lives of the Later Caesars` and Walter Scott`s ‘The Bride of Lammermoor`.

First published in 1945 - although the individual books that make up the trilogy were published independently a little earlier: Lark Rise (1939), Over to Candleford (1941), and Candleford Green (1943) – Lark Rise to Candleford was recognised from the start as a significant literary and historical document.

It has the dual reputation of being both a ‘story of the countryside’ and a social historical study of country life in that moment of inevitable transition at the end of the 19th century.

That its author, Flora Thompson, was a ‘woman of the people’ and not a privileged member of an educated and literary elite has made both her and her autobiographical book extra special. Both have entered that important corpus of works and personages contributing to the social and historical understanding of English society and the English countryside.

Venues will be able to use the exhibition not only as a visually attractive show in its own right but also as a focus for museum/library visits by educational classes and other study groups interested in the late Victorian period. It further lends itself to supporting collections with farming artefacts, clothing and Victoriana.

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