SAHAAS Library - surplus book sale, February 2018

Poetry and Art; updated 16 February 2018

By Sally Pearson

The sorting of books donated to the Society from the Beardsmore Collection is nearing completion. Although the majority relate to local history, there are some volumes of poetry and literature, plus a few on painting, prints and sculpture. A list of these titles, now offered for sale, can be viewed in the attached document.

The authors and artists often have Hertfordshire connections. Two interesting characters who feature amongst them are:

The poet Gerald Massey (1828-1907), born in Tring, had to earn a living as a boy, first in silk making and then straw plaiting.  Remarkably, he managed to educate himself to later write not just poetry but also works on spiritualism and ancient Egypt.  He became a radical freethinker, and a prominent Chartist.

The artist Lucy Kemp Welch (1869-1958) specialised in painting horses, and illustrated a 1915 edition of Black Beauty.  She studied at Hubert von Herkomer’s art school in Bushey, and went on to run it from 1905 – 1926, quite an achievement for a woman at the time.

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Poetry and art books for sale
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Updated 16 February 2018

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