Saturday, August 30, 2014

Jan Parker Illustrates Witchcraft and Black Magic II

Back in May I posted a selection of these images by Jan Parker for the Hamlyn paperback edition of Peter Haining's Witchcraft and Black Magic and I said at the time there may be more at a later point. I'm prompted to make good on that promise now because a number of people have now commented on that original post most helpfully providing information sorely missing in the first one. Most of it comes from Parker's Saatchi Art page in which we learn not only that Parker is still painting but that he still paints with an interest in the other side of the veil as it were. At the bottom of the page is a link to this reasonably recent interview with Parker about his involvement as the on-set artist with Kubrick's, 2001.

I'm grateful to Odyzeus, Alexandre Fernandes and to anonymous for taking the trouble to comment on the original post.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Ian David Baker at The Photographer's Gallery

If you are in London at lunchtime on Friday then you might like to pop into The Photographer's Gallery for the second of their "My Favourite Photographs" ten minute talks. Photographer and friend of Callum James Books, Ian David Baker will be giving the short talk in the cafe at one o'clock, not about the photo above but about one of his 1980s images of MODs in Carnaby Street. 

A while ago Callum James Books published a catalogue of photographs and artwork by Ian. Although the catalogue has now sold out you can still browse through it by clicking here.


Monday, August 25, 2014

Australian Athlete

I don't normally post just a single image but this little gem I was pointed to recently by someone's Tumblr (I'm sorry I don't remember which), in it's home at the National Library of Australia and I think is well worth breaking with tradition and posting on his own.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

120 Postcards

I don't usually like to link posts on this blog directly to what I'm selling elsewhere on the Internet but on this occasion it seems appropriate. I have a collection of 120 postcards, some which are featured here. They are currently, for the next week, for sale on Ebay.

Communes: 1970s Journal of the Commune Movement

I don't think I would have coped very well living in a commune. From a brief experience of 'communal' living as a student I would have been fairly sure of this before this afternoon. But then these magazines came across my desk. Basically home published affairs from the early 1970s Communes is the Journal of The Commune Movement and having read through some of them today I think I can be doubly sure I wouldn't have coped very well with commune life: good to know! However, what I did enjoy was the artwork in these, some of it, particularly on the inside where it was very difficult to scan was exceptionally good and from numerous different contributors not just one in-house illustrator. Much as I don't want to do it myself, there's something quite refreshing reading about a form of life so idealistic and so alien to what most of us know.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Charles Sayle Inscriptions and Dedications

In the middle of next month, Bonhams in Oxford will be selling to volumes by Uranian poet Charles Sayle, Erotidia and Musa Consolatrix. Sayle was a literary scholar and librarian at Cambridge University. He had something of a coterie around him in Cambridge of young and mainly gay young men and among them was someone who has featured on this blog a few times, the tragic and beautiful George Mallory. The first of these two lots at Bonhams is inscribed to Mallory who at the time, was a 22 year old undergraduate.

Sayle was an elegant wordsmith and I have always been rather touched by the printed dedicatory letter to John Haden Badley in Musa Consolatrix I imagine there are many of us who would like to know someone capable of such epistolary expressions of affection!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

1970s Tile

It doesn't quite count as patterned paper but this little delight was something R and I found this weekend on a trip to one of our favourite hunting grounds, Lewes in East Sussex. It's usually R who is the ceramic nut but we both loved this. It's not entirely clear what it is but it was clearly framed in full 1970s style and someone has written on the back the names of all the colours of the glazes: a tester perhaps? a display piece? a reference for a potter? Whatever it's original purpose it now decorates our home.

Gilbert White's Window at Selborne

I have something of a weakness for good stained glass as longtime readers of the blog will know. This window, however, has the advantage of having literary connections as well. If you live in this little part of the world, you can't help by have heard of Gilbert White, the sometime Vicar of Selborne in Hampshire and the man often credited as being the first 'ecologist'. His book The Natural History of Selborne is a must-have of any natural history book collection and I think I am right in saying it hasn't been out of print since it was first published in 1789.  And so, it's not surprising to find, in his own church, in Selborne a beautiful window commemorating the 200th year since his birth in 1920.

This window is on the appropriate subject of St Francis Preaching to the Birds and was designed by Alexander Gascoyne and made by Horace T. Hincks of the firm Hincks and Burnell in Nottingham. The window contains 120 individual bird portraits of 60 different species. Stained glass is notoriously difficult to photograph but I hope these, particularly when you click on them and enlarge them, will show just what a stunning piece of art this is.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Catalogue: British Scouting Photos and Others

It's that time again... as those of you who are on my mailing list know, I have just issued another catalogue. This one is such a beast it had to be published in four parts. Four pdf files are available from the links below. The catalogue is titled "British Scouting Photos and Others" and it follows on from a very sucessful and now sold out catalogue earlier in the year of European Scouting Photos. The photos in this current catalogue are, for the most part by a UK photographer, based not far from here in Southampton, called Derek Blew.

The photographs all come from a single collection and are divided into four parts. Part I consists of photos of scouts and other similar activities and subjects all by Blew, some identified by ink stamps on the verso, others identified by his distinctive handwritten negative codes also on the verso or each. Part II is more of the same but these are printed in a smaller format. Part III may or may not be by Blew but they are all photographs of a couple of scouting events: a National Scoutcar Competition and an athletics meeting. Part IV is photographs from the same collection with similar themes but from other photographers, including press photos and some vintage photos.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Bunton Sculptor

 It's a wonderful thing this Internet malarkey sometimes! I was looking for information about this statue today and on the back is written just "Bunton" so, wondering if he might have been the sculptor I googled "Bunton Sculptor". It was a long shot, and I didn't get the information I was looking for but it turns out there is a sculptor called Tim Bunton and, although he is far too young to be the creator of this 1960s head, it turns out that heads are quite the speciality. But as I scrolled through his blog, all the way back in 2008, I found a post with photos of these amazing and beautiful sculptures: classic poems engraved onto 12" granite spheres and placed on low friction bases so they can be easily turned and read... just lovely!

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Champion Studio

Not usually a fan of the beefcake genre but these caught my eye this week on Ebay being sold by (still on sale in fact here, here and here) the lovely Chuck who has received honorable mention on this blog before I think as a purveyor of vintage swimwear images. These are not so much swimwear as skimpywear because the artists and physical culturists for whom these images are intended (see below!) obviously needed the closest to a nude as the law and the post office would alllow them. These actually come from Champion Studio run in the 50s and 60s by Walter Kundzicz, whose output was much more sunny and candid and rather more 'jock next door' than some of the more muscle-bound studios. There was a book published in 2003 about the output of Champion Studio but I like these in particular for the way they look aged and slightly dogeared, as though they have been much loved and often looked at.

The Ditto Press

These are the postcards/flyers that came with a recent order from an uber-cool London-based outfit called Ditto Press. If you have an interest in counter-culture and are feeling a young and creative vibe then I recommend you go and check them out. What's not to like about a place that offers workshops in taxidermy, linocutting, "the mystical art of" Riso printing and designing alien civilisations. And that's just the workshops. Surely any workshop that sees you leave with your own stuffed magpie has got to be worth thinking about!

But it wasn't the workshops that attracted me in the first place. The Ditto Press's main business, unsurprisingly, is printing and they have a really fascinating list of publications (books, magazines, zines and prints) on their website and I had been brought there by The Anonymous Sex Journal, a rather intriguing idea for a zine in which an anonymous web form hoovers up anecdotal contributions from anonymous strangers about their sexual experiences and then illustrates and publishes them (if you have sexy story to tell yourself, from any flavour of sexuality, the current issue is collecting anecdotes about masturbation). I bought a copy and was moved to buy a couple of other things as well and not only am I impressed by the printing but also by the speed of delivery and serious intent of the packaging! So all round, a hearty recommendation if you fancy something a little out of the ordinary and long may they prosper.

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