Tuesday, September 20, 2011
A Prospect of Wales
A beautiful work of exceptional quality, the copy I have and its watercolour plates are in such excellent condition, I can't believe it was published, as Number 43 in the series, in 1948.
Much can be found out about Kenneth Rowntree over the internet, including an excellent 1997 obituary in 'The Independent'.
An artist with an acutely harmonious sense of colour, Kenneth Rowntree was born into a Quaker family in 1915, was a conscientious objector commissioned to work on the 'Recording Britain' project during WW2, and from 1959 to 1980, was Professor of Fine Art at Newcastle University. With grateful acknowledgement to Penguin Books and to the estate of Kenneth Rowntree, below are some further images from the book: