This page gives information about the books That Sweet City and That Mighty Heart that I have illustrated to accompany the poems of John Elinger and shows how to buy copies of the books. Also below is 'The Oxford Art Book' shared with many other Oxford artists.
That Sweet City : Visions of Oxford
A unique guide to Oxford that offers seven different thematic walks illustrated with poetry and original illustrations. It presents.a unique look at Oxford, suitable for the walker, the poetry reader and the lover of watercolours.
In 1865 the Victorian poet Matthew Arnold rejoiced in the charm of Oxford, ‘that sweet City with her dreaming spires’. A century and a half later, That Sweet City offers a visual and poetic tribute to what is still one of the fairest and most enthralling places in the world. Designed in the form of seven walks across and around Oxford, and radiating out into the surrounding countryside, this book evokes the buildings and landscapes, both famous and less well-known, that have witnessed and shaped the city’s history. The first sequence of pictures and poems, Seven Sights of Oxford, leads the reader (and walker) from Christ Church Meadow across the High Street to the Radcliffe Camera; thence down Broad Street to St. Giles, the University Parks and Port Meadow. The second, Seven Secret Sights, offers a circular tour of lesser-known landmarks from the Town Hall to Folly Bridge, the Old Railway Bridge and Isis Lock, the re-emergent Radcliffe Campus, Mesopotamia and The Plain. Seven Ages of Oxford, starting with the Saxon Tower of St. Michael’s Church in the Cornmarket, and finishing in the University s science area in South Parks Road (via the Castle, Worcester College, Christ Church, the Sheldonian Theatre and the University Museum), provides a short and eclectic history of the city and its ancient University. Other sequences of poems and paintings include Seven Treasures of Oxford (with the Alfred Jewel and the Bodleian Library), Seven Sights around Oxford (with Otmoor, Kelmscott and Blenheim Palace) and Seven Products of Oxford (including marmalade, books and Oxfam). A final walk, Seven Gardens of Oxford, celebrates the diversity of the city s many green spaces. An introduction provides a concise history of Oxford and explains the choice of sights, the structure of the poetry and the inspiration behind the illustrations. Maps make it easy for visitors to follow the walks and find their way around the city. In words and images, That Sweet City evokes a place constantly changing yet timeless in its beauty.
Click here to read the poem Mesopotamia illustrated by the picture to the left
That Sweet City (RRP £12.99) can be purchased on-line from eg Amazon and Waterstones, from all good bookshops or, at a discount (£10 + P&P direct from me)
That Mighty Heart : Visions of London
A guide to London that offers seven different walks, in different areas of London, illustrated with poetry and original illustrations. It presents a unique look at London suitable for the walker, the poetry reader and the lover of watercolours.
In 1802 William Wordsworth, the great Romantic poet, gazed over London and claimed “Earth has not anything to show more fair”. Two centuries after his famous sonnet “Upon Westminster Bridge”, That Mighty Heart offers a visual and poetic tribute to a city that today has even stronger claims to be one of the greatest in the world.
Designed in the form of seven walks across and around London, and radiating out in all directions from the heart of the city, this book portrays in paint and verse the buildings, parks and sights, both famous and less well-known, that have shaped its history, and contribute to its continuing fascination.
The first sequence of poems and paintings focuses on Westminster, taking the reader (and walker) from Westminster Bridge via the Houses of Parliament to Buckingham Palace. The second follows a route through the Kensington area, including Harrods, the Royal Albert Hall and Kensington Palace. The third takes in the British Museum and Covent Garden. The fourth threads its way through the heart of London, from Piccadilly Circus to The Old Bailey, via Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery and Cleopatra’s Needle. The fifth crosses the City of London, finishing at the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. The sixth sequence follows the towpath westwards along the south bank of the Thames.
The final sequence takes in memorable outlying sites like Hampton Court, Kew Gardens Highgate Cemetery, Canary Wharf, Brick Lane, the EIIR Olympic Park and Greenwich.
The Introduction provides a concise description of London today and brief history of this remarkable city. Simple and clear maps make it easy for visitors to follow the walks and find their way around London.
Click here to read the poem St Pancras, illustrated by the picture to the left.
That Mighty Heart (RRP £14.99) can be purchased on-line from eg Amazon and Waterstones, from all good bookshops or at a discount (£12 + P&P direct from me.)
'The Oxford Art Book' (RRP £14.99) launched September 2018 at Blackwells can also be purchased from the publishers UIT Cambridge.
It is beautifully illustrated with the work of many Oxford artists including mine and shows so many favourite places in a myriad of styles.