Books about Clayesmore, its pupils and staff

John Craxton by Ian Collins

Published on June 30th, 2011 11:27

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This is the first full-scale monograph on British artist John Craxton (1922-2009), a key figure in post-war painting who authorised this publication shortly before his death. Craxton was a brilliant and well-connected artist with a passion for Greek life, light and landscape. Rejected for military service in 1941, he shared premises in London with Lucian Freud, provided by their benefactor and friend Peter Watson. Through Watson he met other artists linked to Neo-romanticism and, like many of his generation, came under the influence of William Blake, Samuel Palmer and Graham Sutherland. But by 1945 his work was more closely connected with that of European artists such as Picasso and Miro. Always longing to escape, Craxton travelled around the Mediterranean after World War II, finally settling in Crete from 1960, where he continued to develop his Romantic pastoral themes in sunburst images influenced by Byzantine mosaics. He also created scintillating ballet and book designs. Ian Collins's engaging text is informed by his many conversations with the artist, who was also a celebrated wit and story-teller, and is supported by more than 200 reproductions of life-affirming paintings and drawings. The book will be welcomed by art historians, collectors, curators and all those with an interest in the history of modern British art. Available from Amazon.

Harehunters All by Sir John Buchanan-Jardine with section on Clayesmore written by Heath Chandler (1935-1938)

Published on September 14th, 2010 15:36

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OC Heath Chandler tells the story of the Clayesmore Beagle Pack from its inception in 1901 (when the only other school packs were at Eton and Dartmouth), and renaissance following the move to Iwerne Minster before the demands of war lead to the pack being sent to Blandford Camp in 1940.

Out of print currently but limited availability second hand through Amazon

The Rise of the Nouveaux Riches: Style and Status in Victorian and Edwardian Architecture

Published on August 24th, 2010 09:27

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This work describes the houses of the richest nouveaux riches - the Rothschilds, the Guinnesses, the Barings, etc. - and explains the economic and social context which sustained their extraordinary lifestyles. In effect, the book tells the story of the remaking of the British ruling class.

Of the house at Iwerne, Crook writes, "Iwerne Minster in Dorset might well be labelled Tudor Gothic but designed by Waterhouse in 1877-82 for George Grenfell Glynn, 2nd Baron Wolverton, it was in any case only marginally nouveau-riche."

Widely available - through Amazon

Thirty-odd Feet Below Belgium - edited by Arthur Stockwin

Published on February 11th, 2010 11:14

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This book documents the wartime letters of Geoffrey Boothby (OC) who died at Ypres in 1916. The author contacted Tony Chew, Head of History and Archivist while writing this book & he was able to supply a copy of a letter which Boothby sent to Lex just prior to his early death.

Readers may be interested to know that the school has laid wreaths at Boothby's memorial during recent history trips to France.

When Geoffrey Boothby was seconded to the Royal Engineers in 1915, he was twenty- one and Edith Ainscow was eighteen. They had spent only four days together before Geoffrey was sent to the Front and the subterranean struggle below the Ypres Salient, in tunnels that were narrow, dark, flooded, and in deadly danger from the German workings close by. During the next 18 months, as their letters passed to and fro, they fell in love. As Edith wrote her last letter, in May 1916, Geoffrey was due for leave: 'I can't really believe that you're coming yet but I hope and hope and hope. Do, do be careful just for one week.....'

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Frank Whitbourn - Lex - Alex. Devine Founder of Clayesmore

Published on February 10th, 2010 15:41

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The former master's biography of the life of Clayesmore's founder, Lex Devine - "a nobody who knew everybody who was anybody".

J D Spinney - Clayesmore A School History

Published on February 3rd, 2010 15:02

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A 135 page very readable and illustrated history of Clayesmore written in 1987 by the former history master and housemaster well-known to countless Old Clayesmorians and whose association with the School spanned 40 years. It is the story of Clayesmore from its early beginnings to 1979 and will delight all Clayesmorians both past and present who share the Author's regard for the School.