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An artist's safari

Price per Unit (piece): R230.00

Description: Illustrator Ralph Thompson (The Bafut Beagles) sketches and watercolours, of his trips through Kenya and Tanzania. Entertaining text, illustrated with numerous line drawings, washes and watercolours. Part travel, part wildlife.

Condition: First edition, brown wove cloth, boards slightly warped, corners slightly fraying, endpapers slightly loose with some discolouring. Dust jacket has some rubbing on edges, and some short tears along the top and lower edges, and spine.

Dust jacket blurb:

'A sort of writing' is how Ralph Thompson describes his sketching technique, but the evidence of this remarkable book confounds his modesty. What we are privileged to see is an artist at work, a private view of one man's vision at that precise moment when it is transformed from one reality into another. Africa, with its richness and variety, its movement and splendour, provides the inspiration: impala racing by; a lion asleep in a tree; cheetah hunting; a crowned crane coming into land (an astonishing artistic tour de force); or a secretary bird catching a snake.

Out of this world of flux, the artist chooses his'moments of design'—a gesture or movement that lasts often, for no more than a matter of seconds, whose drama only the trained eye can catch and the gifted hand describe. The very essence of these sketches is their fragmentary I nature. But they do form a subtle and complete language of their own, which reveals as much about the subject as about the artist himself. The outstanding sketches and colour plates in this book give a unique and unrivalled account of one man's visit to the game parks of East Africa. The collection portrays what no photograph could ever do: not only magnificent vistas and the majesty of wild life in its natural surroundings, but something closer to the heart of the continent itself, the rhythms and patterns of life which have remained unchanged for thousands of years.




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