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Earth Dances by Reg Lloyd

Earth Dances by Reg Lloyd

Pomegranate Fine Art



Edition Size: 250

Image Size: 32.4 x 22.5mm cm

Sheet Size: 32.4 x 22.5 cm

Condition: Pristine

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A beautiful artist/poet book in slipcase, printed at the Old Stile. 48pp (12.8 x 8.9in), signed by author (the poet Ted Hughes) and artist (Reg Lloyd). This book comes together with a seperate set of the images used in the book, each print signed and dated by Reg Lloyd, making this both rare and even more special. For this collaboration, R. J. Lloyd, painter, potter and printmaker, made a personal selection of poems, on the subject of landscape, from various collections of poems by the Poet Laureate, Ted Hughes. He also created a series of wonderfully decorative linocut images, some of which take full pages while others are interwoven with poems on the text pages. Ted Hughes also wrote a new poem, ‘Epigraph’, for his friend R. J. Lloyd especially for inclusion in this book. It evokes the wild moorland country which has so often inspired both poet and painter in their work.

The poems were hand-set by Nicolas McDowall and printed letterpress (together with some linocuts in a second colour) on mould-made text paper. The full-page blocks were also printed directly from the lino on four different makings of paper hand made by Frances McDowall at The Old Stile Press. Mint condition. (Note the image of the slipcase is shown upside down!!).

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The Artist

Reg Lloyd

R. J. Lloyd was born in Hereford in 1926 and lives in Devon. He began painting around 1950 and received early encouragement from the sculptor, Henry Moore, who was a good friend. Later in life he became friendly with the poet, Ted Hughes, which resulted in Reg illustrating four of Hughes’ books of poems, including the award winning What is the Truth?. One of the other books of Hughes’ poems illustrated by Lloyd was The Cat and the Cuckoo and a few copies of the first edition are currently in stock at the gallery.

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