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A SCARCE large size FIRST EDITION (First impression of the First Edition) entitled David Low, by Colin Seymour-Ure and Jim Schoff, with ONE-HUNDRED and FIFTY-EIGHT wonderful illustrations. It was published by Secker & Warburg, of London, in 1985 and is the FIRST EDITION (stated). â€œDavid Low (1891-1963) was the foremost cartoonist of his age. In this, the first full-length appreciation of Lowâ€™s life and work, Colin Seymour-Ure provides a fascinating account of the artistâ€™s techniqueâ€¦â€ The book presents work, some of it previously unpublished, from across the full range of Lowâ€™s career. David Low (1891-1963) was the foremost cartoonist of his age. In a career spanning fifty years he published over 14,000 drawings and his work was syndicated around the world to more than 200 newspapers and magazines.
From precocious beginnings in his native New Zealand, through the war years on Beaverbrooks Evening Standard to his final work for the Guardian, Lows skill in capturing the spirit of his time was undisputed. Politicians courted or damned him, Hitler and Mussolini banned him, but nobody could ignore this brilliant pictorial journalist who drew his leading articles instead of writing them and influenced a whole generation of cartoonists on both sides of the Atlantic.
Such characters as the immortal Colonel Blimp and the TUC carthorse are stamped on the nations consciousness, and Lows now classic portrait caricatures for the New Statesman are widely sought by collectors.
In this, the first full-length appreciation of Lows life and work, Colin Seymour-Ure provides a fascinating account of the artists technique, attitudes and impact and presents, with Jim Schoff, a selection of over 150 of his very best illustrations, drawing on archive material and personal sketchbooks hitherto unavailable and including a number of cartoons considered too controversial to PUBLISH in their day.
Low liked to call himself a nuisance dedicated to sanity. This book is a tribute to a critical but constructive spirit. Colin Sevmour -Ure is a Professor of Government at
the University of Kent at Canterbury, and has written widely about the impact of the press and broadcasting, especially in Britain and North America. His writings about cartoons and caricatures include a study of Private Eye in his book The Political Impact of Mass Media.
Jim Schoff trained as an art historian in Australia and was Research Fellow in the Centre for the Study of Cartoons and Caricature at the University of Kent at Canterbury from 1980 to 1985. In 1985 he was appointed Administrator of the Art Gallery of South Australia in Adelaide.
This book provides a commentary on his life and times, his art, his attitudes and his impact, it is sad we dont see more today. The book measures 10.25 inches x 7.75 inches. The 180 pages are nice and neat. The binding is very good with no loose or missing pages. Apart from the printerâ€™s stamp at the front, there are NO inscriptions and NO other ink or pencil markings in the book. The cover is in very good condition for a softback of its age. One red stamp on inner top page (the property of bas printers ltd., Over Wallop, Stockbridge Hants) is the only mark 25×75 mm.on otherwise a mint condition book.