Author: Douglas Percy Bliss
About the book:
When Douglas Percy Bliss went away to do his wartime service, he made for each of his daughters Prudence and Rosalind a little album of handwritten poems by authors such as Walter de la Mare, Robert Louis Stevenson and Frances Cornford, every poem illustrated delightfully with wit and humour. There are about 66 poems, some of them clearly Bliss favourites but now not as well-known as they really should be, and Douglas' images; these will all be reproduced in a facsimile volume, with 4 tipped-in illustrations and a short letterpress introduction by the ladies for whom the anthologies were created in 1941 and 1945.
Co-published with The Fleece Press.
About the author:
Douglas Percy Bliss (28 January 1900-11 March 1984) was a Scottish painter and art conservationist. In the 1930s Bliss established the Blackheath Society, which continues today to attempt to protect the amenity of life in south-east London. In the 1930s he taught at the Blackheath School of Art and was the London art critic for The Scotsman. In 1941 Bliss joined the RAF and was stationed in Scotland. After the war he was appointed Director of the Glasgow School of Art. Bliss was instrumental in saving much of the Art Nouveau architecture and furniture of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. He continued as Director from 1946 until 1964. When he completed his period as Director, Glasgow School of Art was listed by Whitaker's Almanack among the six top Art Schools in Britain.
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