Who were Edward J. Burrow and Richard Eustace Tickell and why did they record The Vale of Nantgwilt in 1893? by Gerry McGandy


Special thanks to Joyce Cummings and Vic of the Cheltenham Local History Society; without their research in local Cheltenham Newspapers this essay would have been much poorer.

The School of Art collection at Aberystwyth houses eleven landscape prints engraved by Edward John Burrow after drawings by Robert Eustace Tickell. Tickell had them printed in a volume entitled ‘The Vale of Nantgwilt – A Submerged Valley‘ in1894 (Fig. 1). Who were Burrow and Tickell and why did they choose to record these pleasant and picturesque if otherwise unremarkable scenes?

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Wilkie Collins’s Armadale

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Wilkie (William) Collins was born on the 08th of January 1824 at 11 New Cavendish Street, St. Marylebone, Middlesex, and died on the 23rd of September 1889 in Wimpole Street, London. The successful author wrote popular, so-called ‘sensation novels’ such as The Woman in White, which was first serialised in Charles Dickens’ magazine All Year Round 1859-60 and then published in book-form in 1860, and The Moonstone which was also at first issued in instalments in All Year Round before being sold in book-form (1868).

Armadale was initially serialised in the Cornhill Magazine between November 1864 and June 1866 before being available in the bookshops. Collins received a generous commission of £5,000 for his story from the proprietor of Cornhill Magazine, George Murray Smith (1824-1901). The Illustrator, painter and wood-engraver George Housman Thomas (1824-1868) created the illustrations.

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Karen’s Cabinet of Curiosities January 2017

Curiosity: Book  jk_belledame_2

Title: La Belle Dame sans Merci (1819)

Author: John Keats

Publisher: The Eragny Press, The Brook, Hammersmith

(Lucien Pissarro and his wife Esther established the private press in 1894.)

Date of Publication: 1906

Measurements: 80 x 110mm

Limited edition: 200 copies on paper and 10 copies on vellum

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Bodies of Work exhibition on until the 17th February 2017

bodies-of-work-poster_smallGallery 1 & 2

30 November 2016 – 17 February 2017

Representing the work of the careers of individual artists in the School of Art Collection

Prints, drawings and paintings by Bernard Cheese, George Chapman, John Copley, Ethel Gabain, Evelyn Gibbs, Rigby Graham, Derrick Greaves, Chris Penn and Keith Vaughan.

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Stanley Anderson Exhibition at the RA and Aberystwyth

anderson flyerCurators Professor Robert Meyrick and Dr Harry Heuser of the School of Art recently attended the opening of their latest exhibition An Abiding Standard: The prints of Stanley Anderson at the Royal Academy in London. This is the second RA show that Meyrick has curated both of which form part of a larger series of exhibitions and catalogues raisonné celebrating the work of Royal Academician printmakers.

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