On art.I am a keen looker at art: not, I think, a connoisseur, nor an ignoramus. Definitely not a practitioner. I am keen on the British tradition in art, and perhaps especially the development of a civilised Modernism (as opposed to dogmatic Modernism).
Stanley North’s glass portrait of Vera Bax
Before he married his second wife HelenKennedy, and adopted her name, my grandfather Stanley married Vera Rawnsley, and they produced my father, Paul. She later married, first, Filson Young, and, second, Clifford Bax.
Here is Staney’s stained glass portrait of a young woman, by family tradition, his wife Vera.
Stanley Kennedy North’s Norwich glass #3
This is the third of three posts on Stanley Kennedy North’s work for the Colman family of Norwich mustard fame. (See #1 here and #2 here.)
SKN did three pieces of stained glass for the great Norfolk mustard makers, and this, the third, is a large (I guess… Read more...
Unique 1945 Hamburg book: the 79th and “Hobart’s Funnies”
Stanley Kennedy North’s Norwich glass #2
Stanley Kennedy North’s Norwich glass #1
Stanley Kennedy North did three beautiful large stained glass works for the Colman mustard family of Norfolk to commemorate their donations to Norwich’s pre-NHS hospitals. The works are now in the care of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital’s Arts Project, managed by Emma Jarvis.
This is #1, The Wheel of Life,… Read more...
Hobo’s 79th Armoured Division insignia
Stanley Kennedy North: Medieval homages, c1920s
Stanley Kennedy North folk dance book, 1921
Stanley North, by then calling himself Stanley Kennedy North, in recognition of his marriage to Helen Kennedy, illustrated and (presumably) produced this marvellous little book, Mr North’s Maggot (so called after a folk dance formulation). It is dedicated to Helen and has a foreword by Cecil Sharp, the great revivalist… Read more...
Stanley North WW1 “Child’s ABC”, 1914
Sometime during the autumn of 1914 (I am presuming), my grandfather, Stanley North produced these marvellous images to illustrate Geoffrey Whitworth’s “Child’s ABC of the War”. It was in the spirit of much of the artistic and literary response to the declaration of war.
Here is a gallery of the… Read more...