272 pages, 9.75 × 7.5 × 0.98 in
March 1, 2004
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1904555128
ISBN - 13: 9781904555124
From the Publisher
Gwen Raverat, the granddaughter of Charles Darwin, described Period Piece, her classic memoir of an English childhood in the late 19th century, as a drawing of the world when I was young. The observations of the small incidents in her life, recorded here both in pen portraits and line drawings, reveal an artist's careful eye.
Vividly evoking a bygone era, it is a shrewd, touching and comic portrait of her childhood, her eccentric relations and of Cambridge society and university. Since she was renowned as a book illustrator, it is not surprising that her line drawings for Period Piece are a masterpiece of controlled wit and charm all on their own.
About the Author
Gwen Raverat, née Darwin, was the leading wood-engraving artist of the 20th Century. She illustrated a number of books both with her distinctive line drawings and characteristic wood-engravings, and prints from her original blocks are much sought after today. She married the French painter Jacques Raverat who died aged just 40 from MS. They were both part of the Bloomsbury Group and of Rupert Brooke's Neo-Pagans. Their correspondence with Virginia Woolf is the subject of Clear Press's Virginia Woolf and the Raverats. Gwen Raverat did not start writing Period Piece until she was 63.