The Humphry Repton Bicentenary 2018
On The Spot: The Yorkshire Red Books of Humphry Repton, Landscape Gardener by Patrick Eyres and Karen Lynch: 29.7 x 23.3 cms, 197 pp, 165 illustrations, £25 UK, £35 Airmail.
Only 5 copies left after 4 reprints. The six extant Red Books are reproduced alongside the most up-to-date research on Repton’s commissions at Armley, Bessacre, Harewood, Langold, Mulgrave, Oulton, Owston, Rudding and Wentworth Woodhouse. The epilogue addresses the influence of the Red Books on the poet-gardener Ian Hamilton Finlay (1925-2006).
Country Life, 14 November 2018, Steven Desmond: “… For once, we can judge these attractive ideas from a reading of the complete text, with the full set of illustrations in the right order – an exceptional treat. This marvellous achievement is the work of Karen Lynch, whose excellent research shines forth from each of her introductory essays, and Patrick Eyres, who performs his usual mind-broadening task of setting these places in their historical and political context. The New Arcadians have been teaching us pleasantly provocative lessons for many years and this superb publication is no exception. Merely to have persuaded the various owners to agree to participate in the exercise is a triumph in itself …”
Garden History 47:1 (Summer 2019), Tom Williamson: “… Red Book illustrations and other images are beautifully reproduced … [and] accompanied by an interpretative essay by Patrick Eyres, [which] is a particularly insightful and innovative piece of work.”
The New Arcadian Journal is the unique fine press book that combines art and scholarship to INVESTIGATE the cultural politics of historical landscapes ~ through engaging with the vestigial presences of architecture, gardens, monuments, sculpture and inscriptions. The NAJ also EXPLORES the resonance of garden works by contemporary artists, especially Ian Hamilton Finlay at Little Sparta. The NAJ has also REVELLED in the poetics of place and the breezy terrain of the upland walker.
“The feisty, visually distinctive and intellectually robust New Arcadian Journal … is refreshingly original in its determination to offer a modern and highly particular reading of old landscapes”. From The TLS. Link to Reviews for many other published appreciations.
~ For other publications, follow these links to all the 70 Broadsheets (1981-2011) as well as the Books, Cards, Posters and Ephemera. The Broadsheets were published as serial pages of a Book-in-Progress. Printed onto A4 letterhead paper, they comprise pithy comments on the cultural and political environment, and are commemorative, lyric, satirical or polemic.
~ The Ian Hamilton Finlay Collection: Since 1981 the New Arcadian Press has published many works by or relating to Ian Hamilton Finlay. Many are still available ~ 6 NAJs, 11 Broadsheets, 1 small book and 4 cards ~ both individually and as a set, £255 (excluding post and packing). Follow this link to The Ian Hamilton Finlay Collection.
~ Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown: Follow these links to NAJ 65/66, The Grenville Landscape of Wotton House and Noble Prospects: Capability Brown and the Yorkshire Landscape, by Karen Lynch (72 pp., 38 colour illustrations), or click on ‘Portfolio & Shop / Books’. NB: NAJ 75/76, Yorkshire Capabilities is Out of Print.