Welcome to the New Arcadian Press

Zoom Talks by Patrick Eyres

~ Learning from The Blackamoor.  See David Marsh’s blog for this lecture and the series ‘Other Voices in Garden History’. Talk presented to The Gardens Trust, 26 April 2021.

~ Unforgettable Gardens: Little SpartaNow available on the Little Sparta Trust website (Archive). Talk presented to The Gardens Trust, 10 Feb 2021.

The New Arcadian Journal

“The feisty, visually distinctive and intellectually robust New Arcadian Journal … is refreshingly original” as the unique fine press book that combines art and scholarship. The NAJ investigates 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 and elsewhere. The NAJ has also revelled in the poetics of place and the breezy terrain of the upland walker.

See Reviews and Bibliography for some of the published appreciations and commentaries.

Back Issues ~ each NAJ: £25 UK inc shipping, £30 Airmail; each early NAJ, 1 – 28: £15 UK inc shipping, £20 Airmail. To order by email or phone, see Contact Us.

PDFs now available ~ £15 (25% discount and no shipping charge): NAJ 61/62, Ian Hamilton Finlay: Selected Landscapes and On The Spot: The Yorkshire Landscapes of Hunphry Repton, Landscape Gardener. Earlier editions, £10 (no shipping charge): NAJ 8, The Brothers, NAJ 10, Gardens of Exile and NAJ 17, Lady Anne’s Way.

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Still available

~ The Blackamoor & The Georgian Garden: NAJ 69/70. The statue of a kneeling male African supporting a sundial, The Blackamoor a.k.a. The Kneeling Slave, was created when Britain dominated the Atlantic Slave Trade, and it was recorded as the most popular 18th-century lead garden statue. This study includes an inventory of Blackamoor sites and the principal case studies focus on the royal gardens of Hampton Court Palace, Middlesex, and the aristocratic gardens at Melbourne Hall, Derbyshire, and Wentworth Castle, South Yorkshire. Prompted by the restoration of The Blackamoor at Wentworth Castle, the study also includes an account of the slave ship, Cannon Hall, named after the nearby gentry estate.

~ 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 ~ as a set (£235, excluding post and packing), or individually.

~ The Improvement Garden at Stockwood Park, Luton, was opened by Sir Roy Strong in 1991. This public garden is the largest (and finest) of Ian Hamilton Finlay’s permanent landscape installations in the UK, outside of Little Sparta. In 2020, it was awarded Grade II* status by Historic England and added to the Register of Historic Gardens and Designed Landscapes in England. See the feature in NAJ 33/34 and the two articles in NAJ 61/62.

Other publications

See 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.

In Memoriam

Grahame Jones, 1952-2020, Ian Gardner, 1944-2019, Chris Broughton, 1949-2015. 

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