Today I worked well – the picture fell off the brush: the artistry of Leslie Cole



Upper Denby: the Fleece Press, 2010.

Told for the first time by Malcolm Yorke with a Note on the interesting life of Brenda Cole. Designed, typeset and published by Simon Lawrence. One of 500 copies set in Miller Display type and printed by Northend Creative Print Solutions. 9 X 11 ins. 200 pp. Quarter cloth with boards covered in marbled paper by Louise Brockman. Title on paper spine label. This superbly produced book about one artist’s war art has 131 illustrations including half-tones, lithographs, drawings, watercolours and oils; the majority being full page full colour reproductions of Leslie Cole’s watercolours and oils most of which are in The Imperial War Museum. Leslie Cole (1910-1976) was tutored by Eric Ravilious and Edward Bawden at the Royal College of Art and went on to become an important Official War Artist during the Second World War. He was one of four Official War Artists chosen to record the scenes in Bergen-Belsen death camp on liberation. He also painted pictures of the prisoners in Changi Goal, Singapore, following the Japanese surrender. The Colophon explains this book was conceived when Simon Lawrence and Malcolm Yorke met at The Imperial War Museum to discuss their book about Edward Ardizzone’s work as a war artist and, by chance, saw several of Leslie Cole’s watercolours on display; how fortunate for us. As new.

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