Period Piece

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A drawing of the world when I was young.' So Gwen Raverat, the grand-daughter of Charles Darwin, described Period Piece, her classic memoir of a Cambridge childhood, which since its initial publication in 1952 has never been out of print. Vividly evoking a bygone era, it is a shrewd, touching and comic portrait of her eccentric relations, and of Cambridge society in a time when it was restricted enough to be treated as an extension of the family. As a child she thought it impossible that she would ever succeed as an artist, and yet the observations of the small incidents in her life, recorded here both in word and drawing, reveal an artist's careful eye.

Illustrated by Gwen Raverat.

With an afterword by Francis Spalding, the author of the acclaimed Gwen Raverat: Friends, Family and Affections: A Biography, Harvill Press, 2001.

About Gwen Raverat

Gwendolen Mary Raverat née Darwin (1885-1957) was the granddaughter of Charles Darwin. She was educated privately and at the Slade School of Art. She married the French artist Jacques Raverat in 1911. She was a pioneer in the revival of wood engraving and was influenced by the Impressionists and the post-Impressionists, particularly Lucien Pissarro. She was a prolific book illustrator, and she exhibited at every annual exhibition of the Society of Wood Engravers between 1920 and 1940, exhibiting 122 engravings.

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