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Travelling Art

£6.99

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Travelling Art - Gypsy Caravans and Canal Barges by John Baxter and Gordon Thorburn.

The hey-day of the British gypsy caravan was short, only about 70 years, during which period it grew from a simple utility vehicle, blossomed and flourished as a mobile work of art, then disappeared from common sight. These caravans were masterpieces of woodcraft and design, and the best of them cost as much as a small house. Unlike any small house, almost half the cost was in the decoration.

This beautifully illustrated book presents the different types of caravan and the great variety of art which was carved and painted upon them and their brothers-in-transport, the old narrowboats. While there were certain rules and conventions of style, the decoration on and in all the types was ultimately governed only by how much money could be spent. The caravan in particular was the supreme status symbol among travelling people and its art the prime means for expressing where one stood in the world.

The photographer John Baxter was winner of 'Best Image' for commercial photographers in the North of England in 2007.

The book is in good condition, the top and bottom corners of the pages are very slightly bent and the outer cover has a few scratch marks but all the pages are clean and unmarked apart from a couple of brown spots on pages 92 and 93.

Item details

Added value:
Beautiful illustrations
Author(s):
John Baxter and Gordon Thorburn.
Condition:
Used: good
Edition:
2010
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-13:
9780752455020
Number of pages:
95
Publisher:
The History Press
Title:
Travelling Art

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Travelling Art - Gypsy Caravans and Canal Barges by John Baxter and Gordon Thorburn.

The hey-day of the British gypsy caravan was short, only about 70 years, during which period it grew from a simple utility vehicle, blossomed and flourished as a mobile work of art, then disappeared from common sight. These caravans were masterpieces of woodcraft and design, and the best of them cost as much as a small house. Unlike any small house, almost half the cost was in the decoration.

This beautifully illustrated book presents the different types of caravan and the great variety of art which was carved and painted upon them and their brothers-in-transport, the old narrowboats. While there were certain rules and conventions of style, the decoration on and in all the types was ultimately governed only by how much money could be spent. The caravan in particular was the supreme status symbol among travelling people and its art the prime means for expressing where one stood in the world.

The photographer John Baxter was winner of 'Best Image' for commercial photographers in the North of England in 2007.

The book is in good condition, the top and bottom corners of the pages are very slightly bent and the outer cover has a few scratch marks but all the pages are clean and unmarked apart from a couple of brown spots on pages 92 and 93.

Added value:
Beautiful illustrations
Author(s):
John Baxter and Gordon Thorburn.
Condition:
Used: good
Edition:
2010
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-13:
9780752455020
Number of pages:
95
Publisher:
The History Press
Title:
Travelling Art

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