Sweet Thames Run Softly by Robert Gibbings

‘Beneath the quiet surface of this account runs a strong, clear sense of life’s renewal.’  Luke Jennings

In 1939, on the eve of the Second World War, Robert Gibbings launched his home-made punt on the River Thames and began a slow journey downstream, armed with a sketchpad and a microscope. From the river’s source at the edge of the Cotswold Hills to the bustle of London’s docks, Sweet Thames Run Softly is the account of an artist-naturalist adrift in English waters.

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Paperback with flaps | 210 mm x 156 mm | 176 pages

Cover artwork by Edwin La Dell

Wood engravings by Robert Gibbings


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ROBERT GIBBINGS was born in Kinsale, County Cork, the son of a clergyman. He studied medicine at University College Cork before overcoming opposition from his parents to study art, first with a local painter, Harry Scully, and then at the Slade School. Wounded at Gallipoli while serving in the First World War, he resumed his art studies in London and began making wood engravings from numerous drawings made during the war. In 1919 he helped found the Society of Wood Engravers, and from 1924 to 1933 he owned and ran the Golden Cockerel Press, where he illustrated publications with his own engravings and with the work of other leading artists of his generation.

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Weight350 g
Dimensions14 × 156 × 216 mm


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